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Practice vs. Use Activities

Here you will find a comparison of Practice and Use activities.  If you would like to print this table you can click on the name in blue at the bottom.

 

What’s the Difference between.....?

 

Practice Speaking Activities

 

Use Speaking Activities

 

Focus is on accuracy

 

Focus is on fluency

 

 

Predictable

 

 

Unpredictable

 

 

Practices a narrow range of language

 

Practices a wide range of language

 

 

Students express meanings imposed by teacher or text

 

Students express their own meanings

 

 

More Teacher Talking Time

 

Less Teacher Talking Time

 

 

Students should be able to understand each other.

 

Greater possibility that students will have difficulty understanding each other

 

 

Teacher has more control

 

 

Students have more control

 

 

Teacher often corrects errors in the target language.

 

 

Teacher does not usually correct errors while students are speaking

 

 

Teacher selects some vocabulary, structure or function.

 

 

Students select lexis, structure and function

 

 

 


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Ruth Goode,
Oct 9, 2009, 6:47 PM
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