If you are teacher you are expected to talk more than anyone else. They have even called pharyngitis as teachers’ disease, because it stems from too much talking. However, the case should be the opposite. Actually , a professional teacher should know when to speak and where to wait. approximately a lesson lasts 40 minutes. It is impossible to use this time completely for teaching. the efficient learning time is limited and the teacher should give a chance to students to participate in and think about the topic.
Questions are efficient and inevitable part of a lesson. Every teacher uses them as a means of communication in the class. the point is when to give an answer to the question . If a teacher asked a question,s/he should wait for a while to let students process it and find the answer. If s/he gives them enough time, it’s probable that the question will be answered by a student. However, if the answer is immediately given by the teacher, it demotivates the students. It’s not something hard, as Rowe suggests it’s matter of a couple of seconds. When it’s cared, it’s something managable.
Teacher talking time is also as important as teacher wait time. As the century requires, communication is the major aim of learning a language. that means, in a language classroom there should be as much communication as possible. It also requires classes to be more student centered rather than being teacher oriented. unfortunately, most of the teachers ignore this point. as clearly stated in the article teachers give information which can be elicit easily from students or they make unnecessary explanations. there is a correlation between teacher talking time and student authonomy. as it is claimed in the article if the TTT decreases, learner authonomy increases. that’s why teachers should use their talking time for students own good. simple adaptations like pair works and group works will sort this out. the article points out a very common thing which is silence filling. We, teachers feel like we have to fill every silence with something which is usually irrelevant teacher talks. As we read the article, it’s better to let students be silent time to time.
When it comes to my observations, I think our teacher is successful in teacher wait time. She gives enough time to students to answer a question, but if the given answer is incorrect she directly g,ves the right answer. I think she would wait for a while or ask another student. If we talk abot TTT, it’s a little bit problematic, because she always follows the course book. As she does so, teacher always talk, gives the meaning of unknown vocabulary items directly instead of make students try to find themselves. I think in order to make the lesson more engaging and the students more responsible for their learning, she should give to students time for self learning. this is mostly because of time issue, because teachers have to catch up with the curriculum. In my opinion, the thing is the intensity of the curriculum. The time is limited but the content is so dense. The result is bombarding students with a lot of information.
To sum up, TTT and TWT is two important component of an efficient teaching. both should be taken into consideration and teachers adapt themselves accordingly. Even though it’s hard because of the system, the teacher should avoid being in a hurry and bombard students with to much information.