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Managing an English Class Effectively

Posted on: February 26, 2011

manage english class
manage english class

Managing an English class effectively is not easy, especially for us as English teachers to be. It focuses on English organizational teaching. We have to know what should be done to control the class. That is why we need to develop our skills on teaching. We can do it through some simple activities. For examples, we have to know how to understand ourselves, understand our students, create a supporting class condition, and prepare the lesson.

Understanding ourselves is very important for us to develop our ability on language and other special abilities. Sometimes we have limited ability on our language. As a preparation, we should consider what sentences will be needed, check the books which will be used on the lesson, and try to understand them. Besides that, we should express it loudly in order to get confidence when we practice it in front of the students. It also will be very helpful if we have some special abilities. For examples, we have ability to sing and play music. Almost everybody loves music. By listening to the music, we and our students can sing together. It can improve or develop our students’ ability on listening English and enrich their vocabularies by guessing the title of the song or by completing blank spaces of the songs’ lyrics.

Understanding the students’ names and their interests will be very helpful for us. By knowing the students’ names, we can call their names well. It avoids any confusion when we decide to choose who has to answer the questions or do something else. For students, it creates a “comfortable feeling”. They will not be afraid of mistakes when we have to fill their mark list. We can use the students’ interests on the lesson. They will be happy when we give an assignment related to their interests. They can write or tell us about their hobbies, for instance. It can be used as a basic exercise to enrich their comprehension on adjectives, comparatives, superlatives, tenses, etc.

Giving meaning to the lesson is one of the ways to create a supporting class condition. It can be done by calling the students’ names. Besides that, we should involve all of the students during the class and do not allow one or two students monopolize the class. We also should give chances for students to talk and listen to communicate each other. By doing these activities in class, students will feel that what they have done are meaningful. Another way to give meaning on the lesson is by giving support to the students. Each of chances can be used to motivate the students’ efforts. It can be done by saying “Yes”, “Good”, “That’s right” or by nodding the head. It is very simple, but it gives more motivation than a mark.

Before teaching in front of the class, we need to prepare the lesson well. We can make a list as a lesson plan. This lesson plan may not be too long and complex because we just see it for a moment during the lesson. It is very important to avoid inefficient and unprofessional teaching. Without it, we will be foolish and waste time because we do not know what to do. It will be better if we do not throw away the lesson plan which has been used. By applying this way, we can consider whether we will use or modify it for next lesson.

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In conclusion, by thinking critically towards the level of language ability and other special abilities means that we have understood about our performance as a teacher who wants to develop ourselves. Our knowledge about our students will be very useful when we want to write a report or a reference about them. Besides that, by making a lesson plan will help us to control the class. Furthermore, our self-confidence on using English will influence our students’ habit on speaking English. Therefore, we need to give the best example so that we can be a good model for them.


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