Hold that question



Here is an inspiring article by John McCarthy about the importance of giving students time to think after we ask them a question. He quotes research which showed that ‘pausing for three or more seconds showed a noticeable positive impact on learning. Yet the average length that teachers pause was found to be 0.9 seconds’. Less than one second! I think it wouldn’t be enough even for an External Thinker (the writer groups people into Internal and External Thinkers).

Read on for several strategies to maximise student thinking time – quite applicable to the language classroom.




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