20/9/08

CLASSROOM TIPS FOR ENGLISH STUDENTS

A List about what teachers should do in Class!

1. Use choral repetition
is a very useful and confidence-building technique. A lively chorus can wake a sleepy class and provides a change of pace and focus.
2. Be visual whenever possible
Flashcards, magazine pictures, board drawings, mime, and gesture are all very relevant at this level to put across meaning and set up student practice. The more visual your language presentations are, the more memorable they will be for your students.


3. Think about your board work
The board is your main teaching aid. Think how best to use it. Write clearly, and make sure students copy correctly.
4. Give clear instructions
It is crucial that students understand what they have to do. Always give instructions in English first, but check in L1 if it's a complicated activity.

5. Teach your students to be good learners

Encourage students to:
buy a good dictionary
do homework regularly
revise regularly and copy up notes taken in class
have a 'handout partner' to take copies for each other and who they can ring to get homework when ill, etc.
6. Always set homework
Emphasize the importance of students doing their homework. Don't set homework just after the bell goes - allow time to tell students what you want them to do. It's a good idea to set aside a few minutes every class to correct exercises and feedback problems.



7. Motivate students to learn vocabulary.
Stress the importance of revising vocabulary regularly, and make sure students do this by giving frequent short vocabulary tests.


8. Teach your students to usea bilingual dictionary

9. Encourage students to read
Reading is the key to vocabulary extension

10. Make listening a positive experience
For many students listening, especially to cassettes, is a stressful activity.
11. Make English the language of the classroom

Talk naturally with contractions but not too fast, and repeat as often as necessary, especially at the beginning of the course.
12. Get students to talk in English as much as possible
Always get students to give their opinions.
13. Don't over-correct
Students naturally like being corrected but it can be very demotivating if every time they say anything the teacher corrects or improves it! , in freer activities encourage students to keep talking to build confidence and fluency.
14. Motivate students to work on their pronunciation
Students' pronunciation doesn't have to be perfect but it needs to be sufficiently clear for communication.
15. Don't have the book open all the time

Use warmers, books-closed presentations, or photocopiable activities to give variety to your lessons.
16. Revise constantly
As students' knowledge of English increases, revision becomes even more essential as it becomes increasingly harder for them to remember everything they know. Always revise what you did in the previous lesson.

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