What if? 1.What if students are all at different levels? 2. What if the class is very big? 3. What if students keep using their own language? 4. What if students don’t do homework?
What if? 1.What if students are all at different levels? A. Use different materials/technology - Group A : working on a piece of language study discussing a topic Group B : reading a story/ doing Internet-based research doing a writing exercise/listening to an audio track B. Do different tasks with the same material/technology - the same reading text with sets of questions at three different levels - the same language study exercise: simple repletion vs. use the new language in more complex sentences - role-plays C. Use the students - peer help
What if? 2. What if the class is very big? A. Use worksheets B. Use pairwork and groupwork - to maximize student participation - clear instructions + tell how to stop the activity + good feedback C. Use chorus reaction Clerk ： Can I help you, sir? John ： Yes. I'm at a complete loss. I'm looking for the sugar. Clerk ： Sugar? It's in the food section, on aisle B. John ： I'm sorry. Did you say aisle D? ……… D. Use group leaders - To hand out copies, check everyone has understood the task, collect work, give feedback… E. Think about vision and acoustics G. Use the size of the group to your advantage - big groups: funnier, more dramatic, warmer
What if? 3. What if students keep using their own language? A. Talk to them about the issues B. Encourage them to use English appropriately - no a total ban on their own language - reading texts vs. speaking exercise C. Only respond to English use - say in their own English >> ignore D. Create an English environment - speak in English all the time - the use of listening material and video - Chinese name > English name E. Keep reminding them
What if? 4. What if students don’t do homework? A. Ask the students - what they think about homework, the agreement about how much, their interests - their ideas of useful and appropriate homework > use the results to set homework > more students did the homework with enthusiasm B. Make it fun - give out homework in envelopes, send them in mails - sometimes serous and sometimes crazy C. Respect homework - mark it and hand it back on time D. Make post-homework productive - useful comments, make sure students react to the suggestions
What if students are uncooperative? A number of ways to react: Keep calm respond as objectively as we can. Deal with the behavior, not the student stop problem behavior from continuing. Be even-handed students resent favoritism.
Go forward how their behavior can be improved. Use any means of communication communicate with students and parents. Enlist help talk to other colleagues and the school. Prevention make a language-learning contract (on page 230)
What if students don`t want to talk? What will you do? Share your opinions.
A number of ways to react Use pairwork let students talk to their group members. Allow students to speak in a controlled way (1) dictate an uncompleted sentence. (2) let students write down what they are going to say. (3) ask students follow-up questions.
Use acting out and reading aloud tell students when the voice should rise and fall, where the emphasis goes, what emotion the actor should try to convey..... Use role-play give everyone a role-card.(on page 125,126) Use recording ask students to record the content outside the lesson.
What if students don`t understand the audio track? What will you do? Share your opinions.
A number of ways to react Preview interview questions students can predict what speakers will say. Use jigsaw listening students will get the whole picture by putting the jigsaw pieces together. One task only ask students to describe the speakers
Play the first segment only students predict what`s coming next. Play the listening in chunks break the audio into chunks Use audioscript (1)cut script into bits (2)let students see the first part of audioscript (3)students fill in the blanks
Use vocabulary prediction tell students some key words before listening. Have students listen all the time encourage students to listen to English news as often as possible.
What if students finish before everybody else? Give some extra materials Stop the activity
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