Be Their Cheerleader!

So many of our students’ frustrations are the result of one single problem: a lack of self-confidence. They think they can’t speak, can’t pronounce it right, can’t remember the right words…can’t, can’t, CAN’T. Tell them they most certainly CAN. There is no obstacle your students can’t overcome with a little hard work and effort – and the tools and resources you can provide. Students need to be corrected but during free-speaking activities the overall goal, which is to get students to speak freely and work on improving fluency, might be affected if you constantly interrupt students to correct their mistakes. Instead, make a note of their mistakes as they speak and provide feedback by clustering mistakes into categories like pronunciation, grammar or usage

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