Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts are a great way to consolidate new vocabulary with young learners. Young learners can develop a multitude of skills when doing Arts & Crafts (and as Napoleon Dynamite says “Everybody needs skills man”) – speaking skills, motor skills, new process language. In a recent lesson teaching ‘clothes’ to a class of young learners, we made a clothesline using […]

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Classroom seating plans

classroom seating plans

Classroom seating plans can have a huge impact on how your students interact with you and each other. Sometimes we don’t have a choice about classroom seating plans. Maybe its not our classroom or maybe perhaps your school is security obsessed and bolted the chairs and tables to the floor. If you do have some freedom to move your tables […]

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Excitement Management

Excitement Management

Excitement Management My tutors on my CELTYL were really focused on this aspect of the class. They made us think about the type of activity, specifically how the students would react by it. We classified activities as ‘stirrers’ and ‘settlers’. When planning classes we would alternate activities so that students would get stirred up and excited, the next activity settled […]

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Gamification in the classroom

gamification in the classroom

Using gamification in the classroom for managing young learners. Gamification in the classroom is an excellent approach to classroom management. This is particularly true with young learners. Adding a competitive element to a learning environment with young learners can add motivation, improve behavioural problems. It can also encourage extra language. I divide my classes up into teams, each team can […]

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Large Classes

managing large classes

Large classes used to make me very nervous I have developed a few strategies to get me through a class with as many students getting as much as possible. I’m going to share some of my ideas today. I should probably put a little disclaimer in here. These strategies aren’t foolproof. They don’t work all the time. They don’t work […]

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