It’s important to create an environment that will allow students to succeed in the language learning classroom. With such a wide variety of learners with different needs and goals, this can be challenging
It’s important to create an environment that will allow students to succeed in the language learning classroom. With such a wide variety of learners with different needs and goals, this can be challenging at times. Below you will find a list of useful tips to help make your classes even more successful!
· Come to class ready to go and full of energy. The effective language instructor must be prepared, dynamic, and creative. Humor always helps too!
· Strike a balance between creating an environment that supports learners (sequencing of activities, vary activities for all learning styles, maintain an appropriate pace, give positive reinforcement), and also challenges them at the same time.
· For maximum progress, introduce the content at the level that students know plus a little bit beyond their current ability. It is important to add new content in small “chunks” that students can comprehend, and then give them plenty of practice time.
· Use an instructional design approach that starts with showing what the language looks like in real context, then give structured and less-structured practice. When students are ready, provide open activities that allow students to create with the language on their own.
· Establish your class objectives around language functions rather than vocabulary and grammar topics. The vocabulary and grammar taught should be directly related to the language functions (objectives) rather than isolated vocabulary lists and rules to memorize.
· Make learning clear to students. Write the objectives on the board in every class and check them off as you go through them. This will help keep all students “on the same page.”
· Forget about quantity and go for quality. One of the biggest hangups for instructors is “trying to get through all the material.” Forget about that! The goal must be student mastery of the course objectives, NOT getting through the lesson plans.