I have keenly observed the fumbling and trembling of the people who ventured to speak English. In most of the cases, the faltering occurs only due to lack of confidence and fear of ridicule by others. This is an inevitable inhibition inhabiting the minds of initial learners. As a devoted teacher/trainer of Spoken English to people from all walks of life, with my experience in the field for more than a decade, I have dwelt at the systematic analysis on teaching spoken English in basic, secondary and tertiary modules. Chatting is the fundamental tool, used in spoken english classrooms as an ice-breaker, to motivate the students' speaking ability in English.
To accomplish the learners’ tongue in English, any general topic of interest is offered.
- Friends or pals
- Doctors’ life
- Teachers’ responsibility
Chatting is the immediate and easy methodology to accomplish the tongue in the international language. English as an international language of communication is quite hard to converse particularly in developing countries for so many reasons. Under such an uncondusive environment, it is an uphill task to develop fluency for the beginners in the language. Keeping in mind, chatting has been found out as an effective foundation technique to develop the fluency.
For example in Indian classrooms where the class strength is around 40, chatting works out a wonder. The first 20 minutes of the class can be left for chatting between two partners as a motivating factor to step inside the secondary areas of spoken format. Regional cinemas, current political affairs, domestic and official routines are some topics of chatting.
The students may be encouraged to speak with a minimum possible fluency. At the initial stage much emphasis on correct usage of grammar need not be made. However, in due course it must be ensured that fluency is coped with correct usage of parts of speech.
In the global scenario, chatting can be used in classrooms as a booster pack for non-native speakers of English.