3x3 Drilling


When learning the English language students are regularly confronted by vocabulary that is new and unfamiliar to them. In order to learn how to pronounce these words correctly the students needs to hear them modeled correctly by the teacher. 3x3 or choral drilling is a technique that is often used to aid students in learning correct pronunciation. The 3x3 technique involves the teacher clearly enunciating the new word to the class who then repeat the word back as a group. The process is then repeated twice more. After the choral drilling the teacher then indicates an individual student to repeat the word to the rest of the class. This process is again repeated twice more with different students. In addition to teaching the pronunciation of new words, 3x3 drilling can also be used to help students overcome common pronunciation difficulties caused by specific English letters and sounds that are not used in their own language.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

unit 10 was focused on 2 similar but very different classroom settings, the first was boring and the students did not engage with the lesson. the second was far more lively and the students participated more in the lesson. it was a good example of two different teaching styles and how the same material taught in different ways can either be effective or not.I enjoyed this unit more than the last. As a teacher it is always good to be reminded about the importance of good classroom management. I found a lot of helpful tips such as considering personalities when arranging groupings and seating. Additionally, I enjoyed learning about appropriate times for the teacher to sit and times for the teacher to be involved.