Before Being Explicit…Try to Elicit!

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You know that saying about giving away fish vs. teaching fishing? Well, if we pull on what the students already know in order to guide them to the deeper meaning behind what we are teaching, it is possible to raise the student’s awareness of how to effectively learn (teaching fishing!). This is where elicitation comes in. Before explicit explanation it can be helpful to ask questions first to see if the students already know the information. If they do, you are putting that knowledge in context for the student which in turn can make it more accessible to that student in the future! In a nutshell, elicitation is pretty awesome. So how can you do it? Here are a few tips:

Tip 1: The most basic type of elicitation is to try to get the students to identify the new words and/or grammar you will be teaching BEFORE you…

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