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Readers Respond: Tips for Classroom Management

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From the article: Classroom Management
Classroom management when teaching English depends a lot on how the class is put together. Do you have adult learners, do learners all speak the same mother tongue, or do they speak different languages? Use this space to learn from and help other teachers with your own tips to help with classroom management. Make sure to specify in which type of setting your tip is most effective. Share your Experiences

My opinion

I think that having a fluent language during the lesson is a great pleasure. I make my students learn the language because it is pleasure.
—Guest zuly

Transfer of Skills

After reading a few of the comments here I have to say that some of the strategies shared aren't based on research and good practice. Language acquisition takes time and the biggest factor that could help a second language learner acquire a new language is whether he/she is proficient in her/his own native language. If one already learned reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in his/her mother tongue he/she can easily transfer this skill in acquiring a new language. According to research, this is what we call the COMMON UNDERLYING PROFICIENCY. Additionally, it takes 2-3 years to acquire conversational skills (BICS) and 5-7 years to acquire academic language (CALP). Furthermore, teaching has to be comprehensible for it to be meaningful to a second language learner. They will never learn what they don't understand. The best way is to activate their prior knowledge by using culturally responsive materials that they can connect to their past experiences and real life.
—Guest Annabelle

Inviting Environment & Clear Rules

Good classroom management requires good organization skills from teachers. First is to find out the personality and behavior of your students so you can match your strategies that will encourage them to participate and perform rather than misbehave. Next to consider is your classroom space and how you arrange everything to fit the learning needs of your students. If you know that it will be very difficult for one student to remain seated for a long period of time, make sure that your seat plan has him somewhere he can stand for a few minutes without causing disruption in class. Another important factor is to involve students in creating clear classroom rules. Stay away from a long list, rather choose at least three that is easily attainable and that everyone can follow. Involving them in creating the rules gives them ownership and responsibility of their behavior. Finally, a welcoming environment where students feel respected and appreciated works wonder in students' performance.
—Guest Annabelle

Cassroom Size

The suggessted techniqes are higly appreciated. However, there is a psychological issue. Students behave differently when they are in large groups (i.e. considering the class size).
—Guest Alamelhoda Ahmed Assamani


I am to try the methods in the e-book on coorsslam management, next year when I start teaching at primary school in Johannesburg, South Africa. A student teacher at the Universtry of Johannesburg.Kind RegardsStewart McCallumps need information on dealing with large classes! (between 35-70 learners in a class)
—Guest wxlDGvzkeOPBI

classroom management

There are always disruptive elements in any size classroom. the golden rule is : praise in public , correct in private. If the child can't play to the room, he/she is more likely to respond as a human being, and drop the drop the attitude long enough for you to find out if there's something going on that you can do something about.
—Guest christinemacbrien

my view

I use only English at my lessons. it's not easy, but my students always try to explain their poin of view without mother tounge using different mimics, jests etc
—Guest Kuralay

Shower Affection towards Students

Dealing with primary children is an art to every teacher. We need to be friendly with them to bring them onto a path.
—Guest uma sarada mani A.

my way

have been teaching for close to 20 years in asia . for younger learners , i use stars and stickers. i start with 5 starts (to tell them i believe you will do well , but also , i can take starts off(5 starts = 1 sticker.and i give starts for wanted behavior ,i.e trying to answer, etc, and erase starts for unwanted behavior ,i.e speaking Chinese . and bring stickers . i usually bring different kinds of stickers ,that the students really like and let them choose . it really works wonders for ages 5-8
—Guest mick

confidence and classroom management

The students who do not have confidence in speaking make trouble in the class. They have no confidence in speaking English but have confidence in making trouble in the class.
—Guest farookct

Avoid frustrating students

It is better for the teacher to be fair with his/her students. Apply the same decision to any student for the same mistake to avoid frustration and resignation to the learning of English. Being unfair with the students can be a source of indiscipline in the classroom.
—Guest Liliane

Share my Initial Story of Teaching

Classroom management basically stands on keeping students busy by throwing different interisting topics for discussion, and I also want people of the globe to share there ideas with the teachers so that the students doesnt have to sit idle. Wishing Happy new year to everybody.
—Guest rumasen


I think for better class management, Firstly teacher should keep his voice loud, secondly keep all the students involved and engaged in the class activity- that can be done by randomly asking questions/comments about the lecture in progress with calling the student by Name.
—Guest Muhammad Ikhlas

Ask students to donate words

Every day give a chance to one student to donate a new word to the whole class. And so the whole class including that student get acquiantence with the new word.
—Guest Reshma Ralgin

Mother tounge influence

To make your students speak only English during the English lesson is difficult as it is not their mother tounge. I think that every teacher should first of all speak English himself, but at first time teacher's speech should very clear and understandable. So use not only language but also gestures, mimecs, etc so that your students can understand you without their mother tounge.
—Guest Dicosha

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