BALANCING TEACHER TALK TIME AND STUDENT   TALK TIME IN THE ESL/EFL CLASSROOM                  Sudharani Subramanian      D...
WHAT IS TEACHER TALK?Language used in the process of teachingAccording to Parish(2004) Teacher Talk falls into these categ...
TEACHER TALK TIME HAS INVERSE RELATIONWITH STUDENT TALK TIME
A cause and effect scenarioTeacher Talk Time                            Student Talk Time                                 ...
Does it mean?
• Teacher talk      Student Talk INCREASE IN STUDENT TALK TIME
Something to think about………………… • It’s not the amount of teacher talk   time alone that matters • It’s what kind of teache...
Observing and reflecting on one’s own teaching                                    TTT !!!!!!!                             ...
It’s time for a change
Language and Education,Department of Western Languages and Linguistcs, Mahasarakham University,Thailand. 7th September,2012
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Language and Education,Department of Western Languages and Linguistcs, Mahasarakham University,Thailand. 7th September,2012

  1. 1. BALANCING TEACHER TALK TIME AND STUDENT TALK TIME IN THE ESL/EFL CLASSROOM Sudharani Subramanian Department of Western Languages and Linguistics Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Mahasarakham University 7 September, 2012
  2. 2. WHAT IS TEACHER TALK?Language used in the process of teachingAccording to Parish(2004) Teacher Talk falls into these categories: • Warm-up chats • Direct Instruction • Giving Directions • Giving Feedback • Making transitions • Checking Understanding
  3. 3. TEACHER TALK TIME HAS INVERSE RELATIONWITH STUDENT TALK TIME
  4. 4. A cause and effect scenarioTeacher Talk Time Student Talk Time • Students listen most of the time• Teacher talks most of the time( Active (Passive learner) teacher) • Boring classes/ no scope for talking• Only explaining and lecturing • Encouraging students to talk• Balanced teacher talk • Increase risk taking/ less intimidating• Tolerate silence / increase wait time • Scope for students communicating• Pair/group work/role with each other and the teacher play/debates/discussion • Students talk about what they know• Use more referential questions and the teacher doesn’t know• Limit display questions • Give them importance• Take a back seat • Let the story roll• A picture is worth a thousand words
  5. 5. Does it mean?
  6. 6. • Teacher talk Student Talk INCREASE IN STUDENT TALK TIME
  7. 7. Something to think about………………… • It’s not the amount of teacher talk time alone that matters • It’s what kind of teacher talk do we engage in?
  8. 8. Observing and reflecting on one’s own teaching TTT !!!!!!! TTT !!!!!! Oh no!
  9. 9. It’s time for a change

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