It may seem odd but getting students to talk is a positive pedagogical strategy, even though their discourse is a novice’s discourse.
Professor Maryellen Weimer describes 5 reasons to prove that students talking is worth the effort:
1- Students learn content when they talk about it.
2- Talking lets students learn from each other.
3- Talking gives students the opportunity to practice using the language of the discipline.
4- Talking connects students with the content.
5-Talking connects students with each other.
It’s the task of the teacher to face the challenge, promote and support students, for example, by adding form and substance to the discussions.
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Via Paula Silva