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Can we facilitate spontaneity?


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A 45minute presentation given at University of Southampton on the theme of encouraging spontaneity

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Can we facilitate spontaneity?

  1. 1. Chris Fuller<br />Talking about spontaneity<br /><br />@chrisfullerisms<br /><br />
  2. 2. OfSTED<br />“Across all phases speaking is the least well developed of all the skills. Students’ inability to be able to say what they want to say in a new language has a negative impact on their confidence and enthusiasm.”<br />OFSTED,<br /> “The Changing Landscape of Languages”, July 2008<br />
  3. 3. Who am I?<br />Spanish teacher<br />Former SSAT Lead Practitioner<br />Educational consultant for creativity<br />Looking forward to getting back into the classroom<br />A learner<br />
  4. 4. Thinking about our “speakers”<br />
  5. 5. Creating a spontaneous environment<br />
  6. 6. Creating the space<br />How many people can pupils talk to EASILY in your current room?<br /><ul><li> table layout
  7. 7. performing opportunities?
  8. 8. what is the optimum “working together” number</li></li></ul><li>
  9. 9. Wall support<br />What is going to provide reassurance to our pupils? <br /><ul><li> grammar?
  10. 10. hesitation words
  11. 11. opinions
  12. 12. what do we think about errors?</li></li></ul><li>Phonics<br />idea<br />elefante<br />araña<br />olvidar<br />casa<br />universo<br />cerdo<br />ciclista<br />coche<br />cucaracha<br />gimnásia<br />hamburguesa<br /><br /> (SuziBewell)<br />España<br />zumo<br />guitarra<br />llave<br />jardín<br />
  13. 13. Props<br />other ideas?<br /><ul><li> cardboard TV?
  14. 14. masks?</li></li></ul><li>Rewards<br />How do we reward our pupils who are prepared to embrace spontaneity?<br /><ul><li> stickers
  15. 15. pupil elected teacher of the lesson
  16. 16. postcards home?</li></li></ul><li>No right answer<br />
  17. 17. Thinking of the task<br />Can you be creative when you can only achieve a right / wrong answer?<br /><ul><li> open ended, not transactional
  18. 18. need for room to debate / present arguments</li></li></ul><li>Language of Speculation<br />What do our pupils want to be able to express?<br /><ul><li> argumentative attitudes
  19. 19. can be colloquial
  20. 20. developing during the years
  21. 21. needs planning into SoW
  22. 22. the art of circumlocution</li></li></ul><li>The <br />“Group Talk” model<br />
  23. 23. What is “Group Talk”?<br />At Wildern School, the sustained use of Group Talk has brought about improved learning outcomes and examination results. Pupil results have clearly risen in the GCSE speaking component. Most significantly, Group Talk has raised the achievement of ‘middle boys’ whose ability to improvise oral responses compensates for a lack of revision. Wildern School’s GCSE results in MFL show boys performing equally as well as girls.<br />Greg Horton, Wildern School<br />
  24. 24. What is “Group Talk”?<br />The Group Talk project was born out of dissatisfaction with traditional formulaic speaking activities, and the need to engage learners through a more dynamic and spontaneous use of language. In a Group Talk environment, pupils sit around tables and interact within small groups. Conversations are prompted by a given stimulus and then sustained through opinion, conjecture and debate. Pupils learn how to agree or, better still, disagree with the views of their peers. ‘Ni hablar!’ ‘Du spinnst!’ ‘Turigoles!’ is the language of Group Talk at its animated best.<br />
  25. 25. (Deutsch) ist cool.<br />Ich mag (Deutsch).<br />Was denkst du?<br />Ja,<br />das stimmt.<br />Nein, das<br />stimmt nicht.<br />X<br /><br />X<br />X<br />Du spinnst!<br />Ich denke …<br />©Wildern School<br />
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  27. 27. <br />¡Yo también!¡Yo tampoco!<br />¿Qué piensas?<br />¡(No) me gusta! <br />X<br />¿Por qué?<br />¿Por qué?<br /><br />¡Sí, es verdad!¡No, no es verdad!<br />X<br />Porque...<br />Porque...<br />Prefiero.. porque<br />Pienso que... porque<br /> mejor peor má menos..que.<br /><br />Sí, tienes razón<br />No, no tienes razón<br />¡Ni hablar! ¡Qué va! <br />(no) estoy de acuerdo<br />¿Qué piensas?<br />X<br />Gracias @ Greg Horton<br />
  28. 28. “Group Talk” in action<br />©Wildern School<br />
  29. 29. No wrong answers<br />
  30. 30. Mysteries<br />
  31. 31. ©Rachel Hawkes<br />¿Qué no se puedever?<br /> ¿Quéva a pasarahora?<br />¿Dóndeestamos?<br /> ¿Quéacaba de pasar?<br />¿Qué o quién hay en la foto?<br />¿Cuándo se hizo la foto?<br />Reading Images<br />¿Qué se puedever?<br />
  32. 32. Odd One Out<br />
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  34. 34. ©Rachel Hawkes<br />
  35. 35. What’s the question?<br />1999<br />David<br />Netball<br />
  36. 36. Twist the question round<br />What did you not do last weekend?<br />
  37. 37. Word precision<br />What is your ideal classroom like?<br />ANSWER IN ONLY 7 WORDS!<br />
  38. 38. Pupil bingo<br />years 10 / 11? Important not to let the fun disappear!<br />
  39. 39. Chris Fuller<br />Do they want to speak? Yes <br /><br />@chrisfullerisms<br /><br />