Monday, February 6, 2012

Practicing Using Numbers

One of the ways that I have beginning students practice their numbers is to give each other their telephone numbers. They often have to think a bit and there are usually gaps between the numbers. But this is a very useful skill, being able to "rattle off"** a series of numbers, and it is essential to be able to do this when communicating with another speaker who is not bilingual.

To reinforce their skills, I ask them during oral exams what their home and cell phone numbers are. I also tell them what my numbers are and have them write them down to make sure that they can both listen and understand. Too many times, learners will nod their heads when they really don't understand....

 **Rattle off - being able to effortlessly and say something sequentially, like a string of numbers or a list of items

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