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Smartphones for 'spontaneous' communication

Mason, S.ORCID: 0000-0002-8999-4448 and Millington, N. (2017) Smartphones for 'spontaneous' communication. The Language Teacher, 41 (2). pp. 30-31.

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Providing students with opportunities to speak in the target language is one of the main principles of communicative language teaching. This can be difficult for teachers to facilitate in large classes. It can also be a challenge for teachers in Japan, where many learners have little experience of spontaneously chatting in English, and therefore need scaffolded activities to help students develop their skills and confidence.

‘Speed chat using your smartphone’ is a concept which involves students having a quick conversation using their smartphones as a prompt, before moving on to a new partner and repeating the process. Students use their smartphones to show a photo or video to a partner. This can be prepared by the learner in advance or done spontaneously.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: The Japan Association for Language Teaching
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