For lessons to be successful, your classroom management is of paramount importance. You may have the best planned lesson ever but if your classroom isn’t set up well and your instructions don’t work then the lesson will fail.
What is involved in Classroom Management?
setting up activities including giving and checking instructions
feedback on activities
use of technical aids
In this post I will talk about setting up the classroom and consider a variety of interaction patterns. For instruction giving, see part 2.
Classroom Layout & Interaction Patterns
Where should the students and teacher be seated? Should there be desks or not? What (if any) equipment is required for the lesson?
In my previous post I talked about a difficult trainee but I don’t want to harp on only about negatives because that’s not what I’m about. I have seen many genuinely lovely people walk through our doors who have gone out into the teaching world and done very well for themselves because they had at least some elements of my idea of a perfect trainee. I don’t want to single anyone out here so instead I would like to list some qualities of what I consider to be required to be a perfect trainee. Continue reading “The Perfect Trainee”
I have been working as a CELTA tutor for over eight years now and I am pleased to say that I can still, just about, count my bad experiences with trainees on one hand. That’s not to say there has only been five trainees who have annoyed me, there have been many more of those but they were all likeable in their own way.
After publishing the first edition of The Ultimate Guide to CELTA and getting some feedback from readers it became clear that we had forgotten one major character and that was a non-native speaker of English. All of our CELTA courses in Munich have been attended by non-native English speakers and sometimes native speakers have been in the minority. We have recently revised The Ultimate Guide to CELTA and have included a non-native character – Anxious Ana.