I've been bringing a bigger emphasis on talking in lessons, and am currently researching other ways, including spontaneous talk. So what have we all tried recently to get pupils talking? I've been doing a lot of 'speed dating' and games such as battleships and trapdoor. ...obviously not ALL the time, as we're not here for edutainment. I've been doing quite a bit of phonics work and I quite like the pupils to read from my powerpoints, often at the same time. A third technique I'm using for the speaking controlled assessments to to have a slide with a full answer to a question, then the subsequent slide will have words missing. ...the pupils have to see if they can remember the missing words. The third slide will have them giving an answer without any stimulus. What else are we doing everyone?