Classroom Management for Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Writing on the Board

 

One of the major ideas here when writing on the board, is that we need to be aware that whenever we're using the board to write down information, we should not be talking and whenever we are talking we should not be writing on the board. This will inevitably lead to what's known as dead time when nothing is being said as we're putting information on the board. This dead time is not a problem but we can actually minimize it by using a number of techniques. We could use pre-prepared material. So we put information onto large pieces of paper and then instead of writing on the board, we actually stick those materials onto the board as we go through the class. Another idea is to actually ask students to write on the board for you. Another thing is that we could actually put work up onto the board before the class starts and then to cover that work with pieces of paper, which we can then take off as and when we get to it. Another very useful technique is to actually during an activity particularly study activities once the activity has got going and we've monitored to check that the students are all working correctly, use that study time to actually put material up onto the board and as mentioned before it is very important when we're writing on the board that we do print our letters out individually and clearly.


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.

I have never worked in a big class - I have always had a small groups of adults or children. This unit was as difficult as useful for me because it is nessassary to know how to monitor the big class. May be I` ll get the big class very soon. Teaching problems`solving was the most important part of the unit. You should know as much as you can before the real problems in class.There are a great number of resources available to aid a teacher and stimulate learning among students during and English language lesson. To be a more effective teacher, it is important to be familiar with all of the equipment that can be employed and the capabilities of each. It is also necessary to be aware of, and utilize all of the many types of learning aids that exist.

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