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Slowly Sauteéd Student

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Student: "Speak more slowly!"

But if we do that: (1) It's not realistic.
(2) They won't have enough context to listen
for the gist.

Consequently....

Teacher: (painfully slowly)

"Ah.....you......want......me......to......speak......slowly......okay......but...(looks at watch) ..... we......only....(yawns)....... have ..........one.............hour....it.....is....(looks out of window), .......not.........very.........efficient.... Is... that......................................................... okay?".

The student tends to get the message. In order for the student to have the opportunity to "gist-listen", teach that he/she should simply say "Can you say that again?" when he/she hasn't understood. This gives the teacher to repeat the sentence at the same/a similar speed and to paraphrase, give visual clues etc. Taught in the context of "How do you say....?", "What does....mean?", the student becomes able to express his/her classroom needs, without feeling stupid.

Tim Brook (inlingua Napoli), Italy
E-Mail: timothybrook@hotmail.com

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