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Information Gaps: Grammar and Speaking Skills Activity

Information Gaps Teaching English with TESOL CertificationThis article on information gaps will show you how to teach grammar using the Communicative Approach by integrating a grammar lesson with a speaking skills lesson.

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Why do Information Gaps?

An information gap activity is an ideal activity to simulate authentic conversations. This type of activity requires learners to use their second language in order to discover some piece of information that their partner or other group members have.  This is after all why we converse: to share information.

An information gap can be used in the practice or productive stage of a grammar lesson to re-enforce a pre-taught grammatical feature. It can also be used to review grammar, or used in a speaking class to engage learners in conversations with a communicative purpose.

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Teaching Grammar Communicatively (VIDEO)

Most English teachers feel comfortable teaching a conversation lesson or a lesson that integrates other skills such as listening, reading or writing. They show creativity in those lessons and include a variety of ideas to help their students improve their language skills; however,  using creative and varied techniques might be more difficult when teaching a grammar topic.

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