Teaching learners to speak is the ultimate goal of ESL and TEFL teachers since the new curriculum aims at creating a new generation of learners who are able to communicate in oral and written messages .
As ESL or TEFL teachers , we find it difficult to push our learners to speak fluently and to be free in expressing their own ideas and feelings . The number of hours is one of the obstacles that prevent learners from acquiring the foreign language efficiently.
In order to help our learners to speak , we as teachers can use this idea. The Speakers’Box.
What is a Speakers’ BOX:
I have seen this box on the internet , so I decided to design my personal box and cards as well.
It is a box that contains different cards inside , each pupil puts his hand inside and chooses a card. He reads what’s written on this card ,then he will be given some time to think then some time to express his thoughts out loud. The teacher gives his all rights to speak No mistakes , No questions ,No analytics ,No cutting .……………..etc
The speakers’ Box is designed to give learner the freedom to speak , the freedom to express himself , the freedom to talk about his ideas , feelings and attitudes in front of his classmates and teacher.
It will make the learner self confident .
This idea is very useful at the end of each unit ,sequence or project .
Because the learner has already learnt many information and knowledge including vocabulary , grammar , pronunciation………….…etc .So, he is able to talk . At this level the teacher can design cards that suite the content of the sequence.
My sequence speaks about describing physical appearance , house parts ,ability, inability, likes , dislikes …….etc . Therefore , all my cards speak about the same objectives to assess my learners and at the same time I assess my teaching strategies. Did I achieve my objectives or not.
In this post , I want to help teachers all over the world to design their own beautiful and unique boxes themselves following few , simple steps .
1.Use any box that you have at home. It can be a box of shoes , perfumes….;;etc. If you find it bigger than your need then simply cut it ,if the size is ok then keep it as it is.
2. Use different colorful papers to cover it and I love using a tape of scotch to make it look sparkling.
3.Print any pictures that you find nice ,cut and stick them then cover them with a tape of scotch.
4.Use the word format to write the words that you want your box to include.
For example , in my box I used Speakers’ Box . Be fluent. Use coherent sentences . Use intonation .
These are the expressions I used on my box because they are the keys of a successful speaker.
5. On the top , you have to use a kind of covers, cut it and scotch it to make an entrance to the box.
6. As I said before, use the word program to design your cards.
7. You can use a metal container as well to design your material and it will look good as well.
Your speakers’ Box is ready , use it in your classes and have
fun listening to your learners’ personal points of view , feelings and experiences.
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