Using Deliberative Techniques in the English as a Foreign Language Classroom: A Manual for Teachers of Advanced Level Students

Using Deliberative Techniques in the English as a Foreign Language Classroom: A Manual for Teachers of Advanced Level Students

Using Deliberative Techniques in the English as a Foreign Language Classroom: A Manual for Teachers of Advanced Level Students

Using Deliberative Techniques in the English as a Foreign Language Classroom: A Manual for Teachers of Advanced Level Students

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"Using Deliberative Techniques in the English as a Foreign Language Classroom offers hands-on material for integrating role plays, simulations, debates, speeches and presentations in the EFL classroom. Using these deliberative techniques is a proven approach for improving critical thinking and cultural/social skills while teaching language skills. Using deliberative techniques forces students to abandon translating word for world and to internalize English. Students think, process, and analyze in English and put language to use - cementing language learning."

Excerpt

Incorporating speeches and presentations into the curriculum compels students to use language in public speaking—a scary prospect for many people, but a skill they must master. Incorporating public speaking in the curriculum adds variety and fun to activities and encourages students to take risks and experiment with language while in the safe environment of the classroom. The activities here also encourage students to work together in pairs, groups, and on their own to develop a familiarity in working with others, and they allow students to build their knowledge base by helping others and being confident enough to ask for help.

Giving speeches and presentations is a part of being in the public eye, and doing so requires practice and familiarity to make the almighty stage a less scary place. Advancedand proficient-level students will often face the prospect of presenting or making a speech whether in a debate, at a school function, or even at their best friend's wedding. Allowing them avenues in which to practice these necessary skills makes students more confident in their presentation and public-speaking abilities.

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