English and jobsGet the students to put a list of jobs in order of how important English is to eachone. Get them to compare and justify their ideas in groups. The students can dothis in L1 but using the English names for the jobs, e.g.
pop singerfootballermodelpoliticiansecretaryEnglish teachercomputer programmerhotel manager businessmanflight attendantshopkeeperdoctor The students can then say which jobs they would most/least like to do and why.SurveyThe students interview some adults (e.g. parents, other teachers, friends of thefamily, etc.) about their jobs and if they use English or not. This can be done inL1, of course. The questions they ask are:
What is your job? Do you use Englishat all? Do you think English can be useful in your professional area?
Then they report back to the class about their findings. Many adults will –hopefully! – say that English is or would be useful to them so this may make lessmotivated students more aware of the ‘real life’ advantages of the language.
2Creating an English
If it is possible in your school, try to create an English classroom. If this is not
possible, then an English noticeboard with changing displays could be set upsomewhere in the school. The following displays can help in creating a visuallyinteresting and motivating environment:… posters of Britain or other English-speaking countries… posters the students make/displays of their work… pictures of famous English-speaking people with speech bubbles the studentshave made… English cartoons/signs.Each week a different class can be responsible for organising the display. Acorner with English books, comics, magazines and games is also a good idea ifyou have the space, or you could have a portable box of these things which canbe used at the beginning and end of lessons and for fast finishers.
3Creating a good
A good classroom atmosphere is important in terms of motivation and morale.
It is very important with a mixed-ability class that the teacher encourages anatmosphere of co-operation, tolerance and mutual support. If students feelcomfortable in a group they will be more open to learning and may develop amore positive attitude towards the language they are studying.
What do you do to help promote a good learning atmosphere in your classes?Make a list of things that you do in order to create a sense of group cohesionand a positive learning atmosphere in your classes.Then compare your ideas with the suggestions below.
Make a class contract which everyone signs.
There are different ways of doing this but it is best if the ‘rules’ come primarilyfrom the students themselves rather than from you. Here is a suggestedprocedure for students who have not done a class contract before.
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