Why use it? • Learners may already use text/voice chat at home. • Brings current technology into the classroom. • It can be motivating! • Enables learners to make contact with learners in other countries. • Real practice of language. • Chat transcript can be used later for language analysis.
How to start using chatwith learners : 1. Install and 2. Run a 3. Make learn to use the practice chat contact with software. session, another class.
1. An instroductory/warmer phase: Include detailed introductions and an exchange of personañ information. This stage serves to set the scene and acts as an icebreaker.2. The main content of the chat: Consists of one main task, or a series of short tasks.3. A closing stage: Learners may summarise what they have covered or achieved. The teacher might have set a brief closing task.
Chat sample 1. session Before the class, check that the chat program is installed.2. Find out of students are familiar with instant messaging. 3. Outline the aim of the chat session. 4. Learners set up individual user accounts. 5. Show learners how to use the text chat feature of the program. 6. Set the learners a simple task. 7. Once the time is up, check what they found out about each other. 8. Repeat the activity changing the task slightly. 9. Once the time is up, check what they found out about each other.10. (Optional) The aim of this final phase is to provide learners with more practice in using text chat.