Morning discussion as a communicative activity
The United States Department of State for Teachers of English
Place of Publication
Washington DC, United States of America
School of International, Cultural and Community Studies
Morning Discussion (MD) is a modified version of Morning Report or Today’s Report (Xie 1998). Morning Report/Today’s Report (MR), as Xie describes it, is a popular 10- or 20-minute classroom activity aimed at providing opportunities for Chinese students to develop their overall English language skills. However, in attempting to implement this activity, we realized that MR usually was a one-way communication process in which one reporter read or recited news to other students, who simply sat and listened, then answered questions. The 27 students in our class, after being involved in MR for one semester, dis-closed that they had exhausted their interest in it. Many students also indicated that they were nervous when standing up to talk in class and had no confidence in their ability to speak spontaneously. However, they expressed a desire to learn to use oral English to communicate...