Getting teenagers to speak English in the ELT classroom.
- Do your teenage students lapse into mother tongue during group or pair activities?
- Are they reluctant to say things in English in front of their peers?
- Do they have few or no opportunities to practise spoken English outside the classroom?
- Do you want them to speak more English in class?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, read on ...
Speaking strategies for teenagers
Reasons why teenagers may be reluctant to speak English in class and solutions to help students overcome this problem.
Teenagers often do not feel comfortable using English in the English classroom because they feel self-conscious doing so. Teenagers are very sensitive and a way of helping them deal with this, that I have tried successfully, is to introduce different ‘masks’ for them to hide behind.
A lesson plan by Gabby Hewitt that allows students to create their own football team.