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5 ways to keep TEFL classroom interesting and attractive

作者:TESOL in China来源:https://www.tesolinchina.com网址:https://www.tesolinchina.com

One of the biggest fears of any teacher, whether teaching mathematics, science or English, is to lose students' attention. There's nothing worse than when you find your students staring into space in class and apparently not focusing on your carefully scheduled grammar class for the day. Although it may be a difficult task to involve students throughout the TEFL classroom, it is important to develop TEFL curriculum plans and activities to stimulate students' learning enthusiasm and enthusiasm and enable them to fully absorb information.

It may be difficult to maintain the attention of local students, but teaching English in a foreign language classroom is a completely different challenge. TEFL educators not only have the responsibility to teach English to students, but also must equip themselves with tools and knowledge to understand the cultural values and characteristics that dominate the specific country. This is very important for establishing an open and trusted relationship between TEFL teachers and students, because it allows students to get the most from their learning experience.


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1. Allow options and maintain interaction

Providing learning choices is an effective TEFL teaching method because it makes students feel they are active participants in the learning experience. This is a great motivation to keep students interested and gain a sense of independence in TEFL class. Although the traditional teaching method is to give lectures in front of the classroom and students take notes, this is often not the most effective way for students to learn.

Create courses with hands-on activities to involve students and make TEFL courses more interactive. Allowing students to guide teaching - whether they are asked to record their own process of explaining and teaching vocabulary or topics - creates a connection with the classroom and classmates.

2. Be culturally responsive and build trust

Although this seems obvious, research shows that a successful learning environment is an environment in which TEFL learners feel that their voice is listened to, respected, and willing to take intellectual risks. Good teacher-student relationship can improve TEFL learners' academic investment, achievement, attendance, reduce dropout rate and reduce destructive behavior. Students must understand that they are encouraged to accept their own culture and language, which is an important part of their existence. Learning a new language will make them unique.

Create a teaching environment for TEFL learners to see their educators integrate into all aspects of their culture, make them feel more comfortable and connect with the curriculum. For example, educators can keep culturally appropriate books in their classroom libraries, or learn about students' family life through home visits and incorporate them into TESOL classrooms.

3. Make it visible and include more group work

TEFL learners have difficulty in dealing with oral English, which is why it is important for teachers to write down basic things on the blackboard as much as possible. Difficult concepts can be clearly explained by the visual effects of the step-by-step process or including the appearance of the finished product. Showing students how to actually do things helps to better maintain understanding and grasp concepts.

In addition, smaller group work courses allow TEFL learners to learn with their peers in a more personalized, low-risk environment, as they are usually more willing to share their ideas in a group environment. Students can work together to help their peers answer language specific questions or clarify confusing / difficult English words to encourage each other's success.


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4. Make maximum use of students' extracurricular time

Like many tasks, TEFL learners learn best through practice. Because they may not practice the language at home, make sure your TEFL teaching plan includes maximizing students' speaking time in TEFL classes. Don't fill class time with tasks that students can easily complete themselves - make full use of each class to explain difficult concepts, speeches and group assignments. Keep personal assignments outside the TEFL classroom so that students can apply what they learned earlier in the classroom to help them fully understand the information.

5. Use positive reinforcement and keep it simple

One rule that can help students avoid being embarrassed when they are hesitant in the classroom is to give their own answers, especially when they are hesitant in the classroom. You risk hurting that student, which will make them afraid to participate again. By constantly praising students, even if they make some small mistakes, creating a positive attitude in TEFL class is a good way to ensure that they feel comfortable and safe.


Many newly certified TEFL teachers make the mistake of using too much English when guiding, praising or providing feedback to students, often using too complex and redundant language. For example, an instruction, such as "class now, please pay attention, go into your desk and get today's homework book", a short phrase, such as "please take out your homework book, will you?" Help beginners understand TEFL classroom teaching. In addition to simple language, appropriate gestures, such as OK sign or thumbs up, are also a good way to help beginners follow instructions.



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