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Embarassment Free Speaking Diary

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I've used this before with very small classes. Each student is required to keep a diary, but rather than in a notebook, on a cassette tape. We started with a short time limit (like 30 seconds) and raised it over time. Students were allowed to talk about anything that floated their boat (with extra brownie points awarded for using recently learned vocabulary and grammar). The teacher recorded a short comment or response after the student's recording. It gave me a chance to correct some of their habitual erros without the students losing face in front of the class. The same tape was used until it finished. At that point, the students listened to their own tape from beginning to end. Many were quite pleasantly surprised at how their pronunciaiton, intonation and the natural flow of their thoughts improved.

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