Test Teach Test (TTT) | Advantages and disadvantages
Test-Teach-Test (TTT) is a teaching method where learners have to complete a task (or an activity) at the beginning of the lesson. The teacher doesn’t get involved in this first task. Based on the problems faced by students in this task, the teacher presents and teaches the target language. As any other teaching method, Test-Teach-Test is not a perfect teaching method and it has its advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages of Test-Teach-Test (TTT) approach
It rises a collaborative atmosphere because it contains elements of discovery and problem solving.
It gets straight to the point so it is recommended for those who don’t have much time because it is very economical of time.
According to my experience, adult students will love Test-Teach-Test teaching method because they are not intimidated by an analytical approach. The direct and uncompromising grammar focus of Test-Teach-Test (TTT) is just what most of them need.
Learners take responsibility for their own learning which is beneficial.
Explaining grammar points to each other requires a great amount of mental work which has a powerful effect on the memory.
It offers the possibility for communicative practice in the actual process of learning grammar.
Disadvantages of Test-Teach-Test (TTT) approach
Test-Teach-Test (TTT) is uneconomical of time if the learners are not able to communicate in English when discussing the grammar points.
Learners must have a basic knowledge of grammar terminology.
I have seen many cases when some learners don’t believe their colleagues’ explanations and they reacted in a negative way.
In the absence of context, sentences used in the task may have no meaning for students which makes further discussion hard to comprehend and very theoretical.
Personally, I find this kind of lesson difficult to prepare.
Starting with a task may create for some students the impression that the lesson is dry and has no motivation.