The following picture probably describes how students feel when they are in the silent period and they are surrounded by peers and teachers who are committed to speaking English in the classroom , the silent period is described as a moment when the learner doesn’t attempt to speak, the silent period is more common in children than in adult learners as there is often more pressure in adults to communicate.
The Silent period is the first out of five periods in second language acquisition
1) The Silent Period
2) The Early Production Period
3) The Speech Emergence Period
4) The Intermediate Production Period
5) The Advanced Production Period
What can learners do to avoid feeling like an outsider in communication classes?
First: Make sure you are not enrolled in the wrong class, sometimes learners enrolled in classes where classmates have already played with the language in schools , institutes or at work. Make sure you are in the right place with people who have the same level you have.
Second: Be enthusiastic , remember you don’t wanna be in a class to cover materials and topics that you already know so it is alright to miss one sentence or word here and there when your classmates and teachers are speaking.
Third: Stay busy with the language , the students who study hard reduce the gap between them and their classmates. practice at home the new structures and grammar taught in classes .
Fourth: Look for ways to discover new language with friends , through music , movies or browsing the internet , that will expand your vocabulary so it gets easier to understand others.
Fifth: Don’t give up , you need English and for that reason you are enrolled in classes so keep yourself motivated and moving forward , learning a language takes time otherwise everybody would know English.