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Speaking Circles. MITESOL 2013 October 5, 9:00 a.m. Michigan State University. Leah Addis Austin Kaufmann MSU English Language Center. Context. EAP 222 - Speaking / Listening Course (3 cr.) Objectives: lecture note - taking discussions presentations compensation skills

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Speaking

Circles

MITESOL 2013

October 5, 9:00 a.m.Michigan State University

Leah Addis

Austin Kaufmann

MSU English Language Center


Context
Context

  • EAP 222 - Speaking / Listening Course (3 cr.)

    • Objectives:

      • lecture note-taking

      • discussions

      • presentations

      • compensation skills

      • pronunciation & suprasegmentals

      • sociolinguistic awareness

    • Hybrid model

      • 3 hours in class + online lecture modules

    • Extended speaking practice


Speaking circles
Speaking Circles

  • Groups of 4 to 5 students

    • selected by instructor

    • mix of ages, genders, L1s, cultures, maturity, ability, leadership, etc.

  • Meet outside of class

    • weekly, 10 times

    • 90 minutes minimum

    • on or off campus

    • English only


Sc meeting focus
SC Meeting Focus

  • 2 social events

  • 2 cultural events

  • 2 events with NS guest(s)

  • 2 volunteering events

  • 1 study session

  • 1 free one


Sc assessment
SC Assessment

  • Blog / Written Report

    • weekly (one per team)

      • summary

      • response

      • analysis of communication

  • Video Dropbox

    • CLEAR Rich Internet App

    • biweekly (each member)

  • Presentation


Academic benefits
Academic Benefits

  • Frees up class time!

  • More effective in-class discussions

    • SCs give students a lot of practice…

      • negotiating meaning

      • clarifying, asking questions

      • circumlocuting

      • sustaining a conversation

      • sharing the floor, including everyone

      • understanding other NNSs


Sociocultural benefits
Sociocultural Benefits

  • Awareness of need to speak intelligibly

  • Exploration of campus

  • Exploration of community

  • Dealing with conflict

  • Shared sense of communityin class


Challenges
Challenges

  • Group Dynamics

    • unstable class lists

    • L1

    • male/female

    • the slacker factor

  • Finding events

  • Temptation to “fix” group problems


  • Testimonials
    Testimonials

    • Two videos removed to save space for uploading to the MITESOL Digital SWAP Shop


    Questions discussion
    Questions / Discussion

    Contact Info:

    • Austin Kaufmann [email protected]

    • Leah Addis [email protected]


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