I have been working on this blog for the last hour and a half now. I have started it over and over. I just deleted nearly a thousand words.
In essence, I am in search of help. We all find the same difficulties in motivating our students to speak. I am finding it particularly hard to motivate fairly learned students to push beyond that two sentence threshold in which we find something akin to this:
My favorite sport is football. I like football because it is fun and I can play with my friends. Football is fun, that’s why football is my favorite sport.
This circular speaking happens at various complexity and length, but it happens with every student I have (except the two who have spent significant time abroad).
How can we motivate our students TO WANT TO expand out of their comfort zone? Which is where proper scaffolding can really take place. They have appropriate knowledge and vocab to do so, but so rarely show any desire to want to.
Thanks for reading, and please! any advice or shared experience greatly appreciated.