How to Maximize Speaking with Speed-Chat Tasks


The days in which you told the students to prepare a Powerpoint Presentation and talk for ten minutes are gone because speaking in front of an audience for ten minutes and making 10 students do the same won’t provide students with enough opportunities to communicate and interact with each other

Speed-Chat is an activity that’s easy to implement and require the use of few or minimal resources. The activity consists of giving learners the opportunity to talk for a short period of time before moving to a new partner, in that way teachers can ensure that no interaction will be identical.

What Can I Accomplish with Speed-Chat?

Applying this activity several times will help your students to:

  1. Improve fluency
  2. Boost their own confidence
  3. Make classroom communication and interaction more comfortable
  4. Make the most out of their classroom time

How to Implement Speed-Chat in the Classroom?

  1. Tell students  to make pairs and sit in front of each other.
  2. Present a discussion topic and tell students to speak with their partner for a short period of time.
  3. When the time is up, students rotate to a new partner and start the process again.
  4. The teacher can be one more participant or he or she can monitor the activity.

Consideration when Implementing Speed-Chat?

  1. If you hear people making mistakes when communicating, note down those errors and mistakes and address when the activity is over.
  2. If you want to focus the activity into a specific grammar structure or vocabulary, send a picture to students and ask them to describe it using target structure and vocabulary.
  3. If you want to create an atmosphere in which students can communicate without being overheard by others, play some music in the background.

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