5 Strategies to Cut Teacher Talking Time


Teacher Talking Time (TTT) is the amount of time the teacher talks in the classroom.

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It’s worth asking yourself while teaching, “Why am I doing this? Why aren’t the students doing it instead?” If you are explaining something to the class, maybe they could be given the chance to try to explain it first?


Why Reducing Teacher Talking Time?

  1. Excessive Teacher Talking Time  imits the amount of Student Talking Time.
  2. A large amount of Teacher Talking Time leads to loss of concentration, boredom. and reduced learning.
  3. Teacher long explanations are tedious and hard to follow
  4. Teacher Talking Time reduces students opportunities for developing the speaking skill.
  5. Teacher Talking Time makes students not to take responsibility for their own learning

What are some strategies to reduce Teacher Talking Time?

  1. Organize pair work activities so student talk to each other and your talking time decreases.
  2. Use body language, mime, gesture and facial expressions rather than words to communicate.
  3. Keep instructions simple and clear.
  4. Tolerate silence and give students enough time to reply.
  5. Calculate how much time you spent talking  and cut out some of the speaking or replace it with student-centered activity.
  6. Use your TTT to ‘preview’ new language that is coming up, for example start using the simple past the day before you teach it! Students soon figure out what you are doing and begin to ‘notice’ the new language.



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