IJLLL 2016 Vol.2(3): 118-122 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2016.2.3.79

Chatter That Matters — The Importance of Talk in the Language Classroom

Tilka S. Brown
Abstract—This paper is based upon real, everyday teaching experiences in the primary school language classroom. It is not a written summary of formal research per se, but rather an overview of my own observations and work conducted in classrooms. Fieldwork yes, but without the formalities and restrictions that can often be associated with structured studies. Rather, I have observed teachers and students working in their natural teaching and learning environments; settings in which I had a very minimal presence. My intentions for joining these classes was to always ‘blend-in’ and to document my findings of existing practises. My observations form the content of this paper whilst also discussing the issues surrounding the all-too frequent concept of “boring” schooling. It highlights the impact of the negative teacher and the detrimental effect this has upon the students within a language classroom - or any classroom for that matter. Finally, this paper discusses the resulting impact of introducing new teaching strategies and techniques, the ‘tools’ for enhancing language programs. Change needs to occur, it must occur. The reality is, the current teaching method used by a large majority of teachers in schools all over the world isn’t working - and it hasn’t been working for a very long time. Quite frankly, this is not good enough - our children deserve more.

Index Terms—CLIL, language education, primary school programs, positive teaching.

Tilka Brown is with The Language Toolbox, Australia (e-mail: tilka@thelanguagetoolbox.com.au)

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Cite:Tilka S. Brown, "Chatter That Matters — The Importance of Talk in the Language Classroom," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 118-122, 2016.

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