The role of teacher talk in the foreign language classroom

How effective can teacher talk be in promoting language learning? Here are some points to consider on the input and feedback we give to our learners and on our level of involvement during the lesson The role of teacher talk, our overall involvement in the language lesson and our interaction with our students can playContinue reading “The role of teacher talk in the foreign language classroom”

Error feedback, scaffolding and second language learning

How can teacher feedback be utilized to promote foreign language learning? Here are some points to consider on the role of conversational repair and the negotiation of meaning in the foreign language classroom.     Aljaafreh and Lantolf (1994:469) refer to the notion of scaffolding as “the idea of offering just enough assistance to encourage andContinue reading “Error feedback, scaffolding and second language learning”

Correcting our EFL students’ written work

What are the main guidelines we should follow when correcting our students’ written work? Here are 7 tips on providing constructive feedback to our learners that will foster language learning     Writing is one of the most critical skills in foreign language learning as learners have to turn their input into output and produce aContinue reading “Correcting our EFL students’ written work”

The importance of efficient monitoring in the EFL classroom

Can effective monitoring boost language learning? Here are 7 tips on taking efficient classroom management decisions and offering useful feedback to our learners while we monitor their progress on a specific task. In his book Learning Teaching, Jim Scrivener (1994:7) stresses the importance of ‘creating the conditions in which learning can take place’ for aContinue reading “The importance of efficient monitoring in the EFL classroom”

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