Nancy Schoenfeldshares her recommendations for making communicative grammar activities successful in the classroom. Nancy is an English language instructor at Kuwait University, where she strives to make learning enjoyable for her students. She is also a series consultant for Q: Skills for Success, Second Edition, and developed the Communicative Grammar worksheets that are available for every unit.
Have you ever tried to use a communicative grammar activity in class only to have it flop? Have you ever stood helplessly by as students look blankly at each other and then commence to talk with one another in their native languages? I have. It is an unpleasant feeling to watch your students have an unsuccessful experience in the language that they are trying to learn, especially when you chose the activity. I admit, too, that after such an experience I’ve thought that communicative activities just don’t work.
Fortunately, I have…
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