In How to Teach Pronunciation, Gerald Kelly tells us that ‘being able to drill properly is a basic and fundamental language teaching skill.” Scott Thornbury, in The New A-Z of ELT, defines drilling as ‘repetitive oral practice of a language item, whether a sound, a word, a phrase or a sentence structure.” In this talk, I’ll do my best to try and get you to agree with Gerald Kelly’s view of drilling.

I’ve always been a big fan (and a fierce advocate!) of drilling, and I’m constantly suggesting teachers use more drilling in their lessons when I hold training and feedback sessions. Then last week (17-21 May), I had the pleasure of attending IATEFL 2022, in Belfast, UK, and two of the talks I attended there made me want to add this workshop to the Boost series in the last minute: Substitution drills reinvented, by Kenneth Lackman; and Say it to hear it, by Mark Hancock. This workshop will therefore be somewhat inspired by their brilliant work.

In this talk we’ll discuss, among others:

  • What drilling is and discuss/observe different types;
  • How drilling can be used in pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary practice;
  • Drilling in online lessons;
  • The importance of drilling/repetition to improve students’ listening skills.

And more!

For more information or if you have any questions, please write to me at higor@higorcavalcanteelt.com. To register, click here. To read about the whole series, click here.