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Upper School ESL Workshop: Unit 2 Slide 7 of 8
Presenter: Paul Shoebottom

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Eliciting oral response

Mainstream teachers face a dilemma. They know that they can cause their ESL students anxiety by asking them for oral response in class. On the other hand, if they never do so they fear that ESL students may come to feel that the teacher has no interest or confidence in them. The solution is to match the oral task to the developing linguistic proficiency of the student:

Teachers should consider increasing 'wait time' when eliciting oral response: to give the students time to think what they want to say and how to formulate it in English.

References:
- Bloom's taxonomy 1
- Bloom's taxonomy 2
- The Natural Approach: Language Acquisition in the Classroom. Krashen, S. & Terrel, T. 1983. Pergammon. Oxford