Our recent e-newsletter by Stuart Scott on ‘talk in the classroom’ has got us thinking about how you could harness the talk in your classroom, to improve students’ engagement. Stuart featured his Oliver Twist character card game, a role play task. He has a similar resource on Teachit English for Holes ‘Character cards and ‘Connect four’’(with an extra twist!), as well as a differentiated version for Macbeth ‘Guess who?’. If you’re feeling inspired by Stuart’s approaches, all of Stuart’s resources published on Teachit English are here.
In his e-newsletter, Stuart mentioned the need for scaffolding students’ talk, and of course there are many opportunities for class discussions in English. You’ll find plenty of ideas in Debates and discussions.
Later this year, the Educational Endowment Foundation will be reporting on their major study into improving talk for teaching and learning, and it may well be that some dialogic teaching methods will come to a classroom near you.
If you’d like to read more of the latest research into classroom discourse, you might find these links of interest:
Classroom discourse: the promise and complexity of dialogic practice by Adam Lefstein and Julia Snell (Institute of Education, University of London)The Digest (Talking to learn: Dialogue in the Classroom) by Teachers’ Registration Board, Tasmania