“The Essentials of Language Teaching” by the NCLRC

Happy Friday everyone!

I stumbled upon a great website with amazing ideas and tips for language teaching.  It is from the National Capital Language Resource Centre.  They have several on-line publications and the one that caught my eye was The Essentials of Language Teaching.  I have added the link to my Useful Links page.  They talk about lesson planning, assessment, goals for language learning and have separate sections for teaching grammar, listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture.  Unfortunately the writing and culture sections aren’t quite ready yet, but trust me, there is enough there now to keep us occupied for awhile!

Under the section  for “What is language teaching?”, they talk about the drawbacks of the teacher-centered model of teaching.  I particularly like the following quote:

[The teacher-centered model] gives students knowledge about the language, but does not necessarily enable them to use it for purposes that interest them.

This is why I try to incorporate as many oral communication activities as I can into my classes.  I do structured and unstructured activities.  I do Tic-Tac-Toe, Information gap, Cercles intérieurs /extérieurs, informal discussions and debates.  Of course, I don’t do all this all the time, so my goal is to increase student speaking time in my classes to 60%, as suggested by the presenters at the OMLTA workshop I attended.

What do you do to increase student talk time in the class?  I’d love to hear some ideas!

Bon week-end à tous!


About Mme Martin

I am a high school French teacher in Ontario, Canada. I've been a teacher for the last 14 years and I love what I do. I am always looking for ways to improve my teaching by learning from my colleagues, reading, attending conferences and workshops. I also completed a Masters of Education degree, specializing in Second Language Acquisition. My goal is to increase students' oral fluency in French and I would like to share this journey with you in the hopes that you will find new ideas and be inspired to do the same. I will let you know what I try in my classes and what works and what doesn't. I hope you will find a wealth of ideas to use in your class.
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