Classroom Management for Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Using Students' Names

 

It is very important that whenever we?re doing an activity that we use the students names wherever possible when we're asking for feedback and so on and so forth. There are a number of benefits to using the students? names and they can include helping to actually organize the class itself, certainly to acknowledge when a student has given the correct answer and so forth, to indicate who should respond, rather than just asking a general question to the whole class. By using the names we can ask an individual to respond to that particular question. One point to note here is that if you are going to ask an individual student it is very useful if you put their name at the end of the question. This is useful because if you start with their name then all of the other students know that you're not going to be asking them, whereas if you leave the name until the end of the question everyone at least will have the chance to think about the answer in case you actually call upon them. So moving on from the use of their names, the use of your eyes and voice and gesture, what about the actual classroom arrangement itself?


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.

Again, I found this unit to be very helpful. Especially with learning how to best handle my classroom, to build a rapport, and to organize my class. The structure is so important because it creates the environment of the class and how they will respond and feel in the class. Their comfortability and knowing their surroundings will make the class a better learning environment.This unit began by explaining the role of the teacher, then went on to discuss the role of the learners. Next, the unit discussed some difficulties with teaching adults. The unit also covered some difficulties and considerations when teaching one on one vs teaching in a group setting. The lesson also covered productive vs receptive skills and different teaching methodologies.

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