Most of my group classes involve a quick greeting, under a minute, a topic, and listening to students talk. I correct errors, pause for pattern practice, occasionally rewind the conversation to make an exchange more natural or work on the flow of their back-and-forth. This is NOT free conversation time. It’s using the language with adaptive evaluation and assistance.
What matters most to me is that students own the class, to control the conversation, to move forward without me having to push them. I won’t be there to hold their hands out in the real world so I’m not going to do that in the classroom.
What topics do you want to see added here? What are your students’ favorite topics?
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