Six Techniques and Tools to Maximize Student Learning in the ESOL Classroom

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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

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Bonnie Mennell


This paper is an analysis of six techniques and tools for ESOL teachers to use with any content, at any level, to maximize their students' learning. They follow four principles which Nazneen Rahman has adapted from the Silent Way, a language-teaching approach developed by Caleb Gattegno. These principles constitute the author's criteria for effective teaching practice: reduce teacher talk time; reduce teacher presentation time; increase student practice time; and provide practice in a ll four skills of English. The author first recounts her introduction to each technique and describes its use in detail, based on her actual classroom experience and that of her colleagues. She then reflects on how these techniques impact student learning and relates them to the four principles. In this paper, her intention is to share what she has learned with other teachers and to inspire them to try these techniques with their own students.


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