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Classroom English Expressions

In your planning, you have chosen the instructions which you will say in English. The next question must be at what stage in the lesson do you teach them? For example, do you teach them all at the beginning of a lesson? The answer to that is definitely ‘No!’ we suggest that you teach each instruction at the point in the lesson where you use it for the first time. why? Well to start with, it links the words to a real situation which is happening now—so it is natural. Also, we al ways learn best when the need to learn is obvious to us. By teaching the instruction at the point in the lesson where you use it for the first time, you are making the need to learn it very obvious. The same thing is true for questions and comments.

 

How can we promote Classroom English?

·            For the teacher:

1.      Give students maximum exposure to English.

2.      Use English for frequent expressions in the classroom
(e.g. "Open you books").

3.      Use English for simple instructions
(e.g. "Please listen to me." "Let's do the pair-work task on page 35.").

4.      Use English for sim ple questions
(e.g. "What day is it?" "What time is it?").

5.      Use English for simple interactions
(e.g. "How are you today?" "Where do you live?").

6.      Use English for classroom management
(e.g. "Please sit with your partner." "Get in your groups." "Find a new partner.”

 

            For the student/learner: 

1.   Use English for checking meaning
(e.g. "What did you say?" "What does it mean?" "One more time, please" "How do you spell it?" "I don't understand").

2.   Use English for negotiating meaning
(e.g. "What does this mean?", "Whose turn is it?").

3.   Use English for simple questions
(e.g. "What's the date today?" "What time is it?").

4.   Use English for simple interactions

5.   (e.g., “How are you today?”  “Where do you live?”).

 

How do I teach classroom English?

When you teach learners a new classroom English expression, it is best to teach it in the same way as you would teach any new vocabulary. This will mean making the meaning clear to the learners, and practicing the expression and the learner’s response. It will also mean emphasizing and practicing the new expression in the next lesson.

 

How to check understanding

The most important thing, when you give the learners an instruction, is to observe and see if they do what you say. If you see some learners hesitating, looking to see what  other learners do, and only then doing what you have asked, this means that they have not fully learnt the instruction. Another sign that not all of them have understood is when some learners tell others what to do, probably in their own language. Also, look at the learners’ faces. Do they look as if they understand? Or do they look puzzled, or doubtful, or blank—or even panic-stricken?

       If not all learners have understood, repeat the instruction more slowly, remembering not to change the words. And remember, too, not to translate it. If the learners still need help, go back to using hand movements or demonstration to remind them of the meaning.

 

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 @14:51

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