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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 |akauf@msu.edu
  • Leah Addis |lcaddis@msu.edu
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