With the rise of smartphones and tablets, WiFi and 4G, text chat has become a common form of daily communication for many around the world. By bringing it into our language classes we can provide our learners with real world practice, giving them the skills they need to communicate in today’s tech-influenced society. And the benefits don’t end there.
In this book, I discuss the advantages of using text chat with language learners and how teachers can integrate it into their courses. I have also included a range of text chat tasks for use in pairs or small groups. Adapted from traditional communicative activities, and utilising a range of technology and media, these tasks are an engaging and fun way for learners to practice their language in a text chat environment. Each task comes with clear instructions for teachers and students.
Although primarily aimed at teachers of English as a foreign language, teachers of other languages can also reap the benefits of text chat practice by adapting activities to suit their learners’ needs .