Speech On Show And Tell

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Yara Jaber
Dr. Azim Assaf

There is an old proverb which states: “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach him how to fish and he eats for a lifetime”. Applied to the language teaching and learning field, this proverb might be interpreted to mean that if students are provided with answers, the immediate problem is solved. But if they are taught the strategies to work out the answers for themselves, they are empowered to manage their own learning. Show and Tell activity which is,a whole-class sharing activity in which one learner after another gets up, takes the centre stage, and talks about something of his or her own choice often some objects brought from home, is one of those modern
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But why show and tell? Because it is “A chance for children to think ‘out of the box’ a little and invite their teacher and classmates to come into their own little World for several minutes”. Students come up for several minutes but these minutes do much for him. From 3 main sides, they are pedagogical; metacognitive and self- regulated learning. First of all the pedagogical side. As Luca Onnis showed in his article that some students “... adopt the memory strategy depend on their memorizing ability” adding that “Adopting this strategy will allow the learning and retrieval via sounds (e.g., rhyming), images (e.g., a mental picture of the word itself or the meaning of the word), a combination of sounds and images (e.g., the keyword method), body movement (e.g., total physical response), mechanical means (e.g., flashcards), or location” while through this activity students will have the chance to do all of these practices together in which they will prepare a list of new vocabulary and they need to put an effort to be prepared along with the toys they want or the pictures or the costumes which help reflecting their thoughts and their own world. While a research done by Education equip showed that this activity improves the relationship between the students because students will be more engaging when one of their classmates is taking better than when their teacher is taking. Which is confirmed by Pui Ching who participated in ‘show and tell’ experience for two years to address the changes he see on his students saying that ‘that this would build their listening and speaking skills. And I’m quoting some of the changes that he realized “ Children have become more confident of speaking English in front of their classmates, they did not always have the language, but they tried their best to express themselves, they made an effort to understand what their
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