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Eliciting (/əlɪsɪteɪʃən/) is a major language teaching technique consisting in evoking or drawing out answers in response to the teacher’s "loaded" questions.
Don’t confuse it with elision.
Advantages of eliciting[edit | edit source]
- It helps develop a learner-centred classroom.
- The teacher will become aware of the students’ existing knowledge of the subject.
- Those students who are unaware of the answers to certain issues will get early clarification from their peers.
Drawbacks[edit | edit source]
- Care must be taken to ensure that not just the dominant student gets to answer everything, and that all students are given a fair chance to respond.
- Depending on how it is carried out — and its frequency — students can become irritated by a teacher who asks them questions about things to which they clearly don’t know the answer.