Getting your students to speak in the language class

Jorge Sette "Linguagem"

Despite  Steven Krashen’s famous methodology of language acquisition, in which he claims students must go through a silent period before they can speak the language, we know how anxious our students are to start producing the target language from day 1.  This silent period is the time learners need to be exposed to enough comprehensible input so they can absorb the language and be able to speak it. It emulates what happens when kids acquire their first language. Having said that, it’s a fact that motivation  also plays a key part in language learning, and setting up speaking activities from the very beginning of the language course will not, in my opinion, have any negative effect on the students’ development: they will not be able to do much, though, but that is OK. Motivation will work wonders. The elementaty level, what is usually known as A2 in the Common European…

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