Safe speaking environments
Learning English of course requires a focus on many different skills, but from our research we know that students often measure their progress through their confidence and ability to speak spontaneously in the “real world.” That can sometimes be the simplest of things, from helping a tourist with directions on the street to greeting a colleague from overseas. If the student struggles, they often feel that they’ve made no progress in English, despite many years of study. In EVOLVE, we centre on the core perspective that speaking in the language classroom is not just valuable as an opportunity for practice, but is, in fact, a vehicle for language learning.
What we know from research is that students not only practice language when speaking, but learn it. We know that speaking needs to be prioritised in the language classroom and that, although it is complex and composed of considerations of time, task types, learner centeredness, peer-interactions and feedback, speaking can allow students to immerse themselves in relevant and personal language that can facilitate language learning.
For more information download our whitepaper on creating a safe speaking environment.
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