Teach TEFL in Spain at The TEFL Centre. TEFL course classroom presentations. Drilling 3: Choral drilling variations.
Choral drilling can as previously described (see article 23) can be adapted in the following ways:
For young learners, movement can be included. Crouch down and give the model sentence very quietly (almost a whisper), which the students repeat (very quietly too) in accordance with the teacher’s gesticulations. Repeat the model sentence, but raise your posture slightly and raise the volume. This continues until the teacher is standing fully up and giving the model sentence as loudly as possible without distorting the pronunciation. Young learners enjoy this very much.
Also for young learners, give the model sentence with an obvious emotional state e.g. crying/bored/laughing/angry/in love etc. The idea is to allow the students to practise the sentences with the ‘interference’ produced by the distortions that emotional states exert on facial expressions and therefore pronunciation. It is also very funny.
Change the pace of delivery from very slow to very fast. This is good for highlighting weak and strong forms.
Ask a student to take the teacher’s place and the students take turns in leading the drill. This foments interest, and as long as the teacher is supervising the correct pronunciation, provides variety of the modelled form.
Posted on June 5th, 2017