Tutor Tips - How To Encourage ESL Learners To Speak English
Many ESL students have trouble using their newly acquired
language. Using "directed dialogues" can help ease
First pick a situation, e.g., making an appointment, talking
with a teacher, ordering an item by phone, etc. Write out
what each speaker will most likely say. Read the dialogue
to the student several times. Discuss any unfamiliar words.
Have the student copy the dialogue. Then take turns being
each speaker. Practice and review. Encourage student to put
these dialogues to use.
Once the student is comfortable and fluent you can expand
the dialogue by making it longer and more complicated.
Collect these dialogues and review and practice them occasionally.
(Reprinted from http://www.oaklandliteracy.org
by C. F. Weiss)
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