Too much TTT… Not enough STT…
Most of you have probably heard these lines at some point during your career as an EFL teacher. And 9 times out of 10, whoever told you that was probably right! Teachers just love talking but there is a limit to how much “listening comprehension” you want to practice with your students during your sessions! 🙂
So how can we reduce TTT and increase STT? Here are a few tips:
- Avoid lengthy grammar or vocabulary explanations – give a brief description and move on to CCQs (Concept Checking Questions) and get the student involved! You will not only make the student speak more but ensure they understand the concept very well.
- Use elicitation rather than explanation – your students usually know more than it seems! Your role should be to help them produce the language they already know passively.
- Give short answers whenever students ask you conversation questions – this will force them to ask you more questions and as a result speak more!
- Answer your student’s conversation questions with a very short answer and a question! – this will always put the student in the centre of attention.
- Include pauses when you speak (e.g. during discussions) – this will make it easier for the student to interrupt you before they forget what they wanted to say!
- Provide your students with pre-session tasks to do – if the lesson is supposed to be focused on grammar, give your students some information, sample sentences, online exercises so that the lesson can be more about clarifying your student’s doubts and practising the target structure rather than you teaching the concept from scratch.
- Ask for feedback – at the end of the lesson ask your students to sum up the main points covered during the session. Instead of you giving a 5-minute summary to your student, he or she could go through the chat, read out the new words and comment on them. Student satisfaction guaranteed!
Are there any positive uses of TTT?
But you have to be careful and use your Teacher Talking Time in a thoughtful way. It is certainly extremely important when it comes to establishing a friendly relationship with your students and creating a natural atmosphere during sessions.
If you choose not to reduce your TTT, just make sure you pay attention to its quality. Don’t forget that Fluentify sessions are all about the students and helping them improve their English.