Classroom Management for Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Classroom Arrangement

 

The dynamics of classroom interaction is often dictated by the arrangement of the classroom itself and the way in which the classroom is arranged could depend upon a number of factors and they might include things such as the age of the students, so for example we're unlikely to have the same arrangement for adult learners as we would have for young learners. It could also depend upon the actual physical space available. The physical space may determine how we have to arrange our classroom to maximize the opportunity for interaction and so forth. It will also depend on what material is available and by material in this case we're talking about the actual desks and chairs and so on and so forth. Perhaps the final thing we might put here is that it could also depend upon the students? personalities. So within the idea of classroom arrangements there are a number of possibilities and those possibilities we need to think about a number of questions as to how we arrange the classroom. Perhaps first and foremost how is it going to affect the actual classroom atmosphere? Secondly which actual classroom arrangement is going to be most conducive to our classroom control? Thirdly will it allow for maximum student to student interaction? So we could call that student talk time and finally, is it possible with the particular classroom arrangement that we've got to do all of the planned activities that we have created for this lesson? So before you actually arrange the classroom in any particular way ask these questions of yourself and think about the physical space, the age of the students and so on and so forth and from those parameters decide which classroom arrangements is going to be best.


Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

This unit gives me good examples of variety approaches, depending on which group I will teach. As an inexperienced teacher it is crucial to develop good approach, according to students needs. This gives me more freedom to seek the best and most interactive way to teach various groups. Although I am inclined to children, this can be a good base for teaching business groups tooThere were a lot of good examples of testing questions in this unit. It is interesting to see the different types of tests and how they can be used to not only aid students and see how well they are doing, I think it is also a gauge of how well I am teaching the material to my students. I believe it is a measure not just of the student's success but mine as a teacher as well.

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