Saturday 4:45 - 5:35 PM
The Use of Interviews in The EFL Classroom
William M. Balsamo
Kenmei Women's Junior College, Japan
This presentation will focus on the importance of interviews in introducing
Global Issues into the EFL classroom. Unlike interviews found in published
textbooks which tend to be acted, those presented in this workshop will
In the ESL classroom such interviews can be used for activities associated
with language acquisition. The interviews used will be of people from countries
as diverse in culture as Brazil and Laos and will serve as useful supplementary
material for the classroom.
They enable the instructor to bring the world into the classroom through
the backgrounds and experiences of real people. As such, they also present
insights into the dynamics of the spoken language.
All interviews are placed within a context and are supplemented by maps
and background profiles. The four interviews presented in this workshop
will reflect the work of both teachers and students and contain challenges
and activities for the ESL classroom.