How do I encourage students to talk but not grade them?
How do we gather useful data that will lead to students taking more risks to produce language without grading grammatical accuracy.
USE THE ATTRACTIVE TALK TALLY to record what types of language each student produces--listing isolated words, memorized phrases, formulaic questions, simple sentences, connected sentences, etc.
During 100% Target Language discussions or activities like the 90% PLUS TL initiative, students need to be free to make mistakes.
However, if we don't hold them accountable for anything it can be impossible for them to see the benefits of challenging ourselves to produce longer forms of language.
The actual product has four discourse graphic on one page with room for 4 students. Each includes a blank space to paste student pictures or their names.
Use these daily or weekly to gather data on student contributions to the comprehensible input that we negotiate during class time.