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Conversation in Language Teaching

Some notes on the importance of conversation in the integration of English.

One of the challenges is in seeing that the trend from not practicing the oral language into making conversation an essential part of the teaching process, was an important step in making learning more accessible. The gradual decline in the need to translate and basing the lesson on that and grammatical exercise instead of conversation is behind the approach at making the lesson more student based. This means there is a greater chance of student particpation that will favor verbal interaction including discussions between students. Most students prefer conversation and open dialogue rather than work from one language back o the next in tedious exercise that never quite fulfill the student’s need to orally express what he has written. This is where input and output exercises can be appreciated in balancing the assimilation of information into the student’s mind and his ability to express them in public.

As far as methodology is concerned, one has to choose a method that is communicative, and that will enrich the person culturally speaking. Negotiating a task before a discussion begins may get a shy speaker to talk but the person may not see the relevance in that This would be especially true of cultures that are not familiar with Canadian habits and so discussions can really take off when there is a sociological reference. So the person might collaborate better on relevant social issues like tipping. If the person fails to see the importance of discussion as an integrator of grammar than the teacher can go up to the board and illustrate a grammatical element that is being discussed

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