Jamie Keddie’s 3 suggestions
1. Let’s stop calling it Teacher Talk Time
Let’s call it Teacher Talk
2. Let’s embrace storytelling
3. Give out the TT(T) mantra [if you’re
going to use it] with a post script:
Teacher talk is an essential skill for any teacher. It is about speaking less and using your voice sparingly but that doesn’t mean teacher talk is inherently bad. After the CELTA course, you’ll have to constantly work on classroom communicative skills. You’ll have to hone the effectiveness of your teacher talk.
A joy to watch and a serious issue to consider: Not to stifle trainee teachers’ development by saying (or by implying) TT(T ) is bad but to develop teacher talk instead. One way Jamie suggests doing this is by embracing teacher-led storytelling.