Again and again and again
Being a teacher in YL classroom means that you talk almost all the time.
'Stop doing this', 'Be quiet, please!', 'You need to...', and of course you have to repeat yourself like 1000 times when it comes to explaining what pupils need to do.
I thought - No more!
I tried to apply the rule 'Ask three before me' but it did not go as well as I expected.
I came up with an idea in which language I produce in classroom is meaningful and necessary, and I do not have to constantly repeat myself.
Top-rated directionsought which instructions are the most common during ELS lessons and I prepared pictures with labels.
- I used free cliparts from the Internet,
- printed cards out and
- laminated them.
Each card has magnets, so I do not need to carry some extra ones.
While planning the lesson, I think about stages, activities and materials that will be used. I prepare instruction cards in the order that I’ll be needing. At the very beginning of the lesson I put cards in the order, so my students know what’s the plan for today.
When it's needed I may add some short comments next to the card, such as a page number in a coursebook or workbook or some short phrases needed in a game.
The idea of instructional cards is just brilliant!
Pupils are aware what are the steps of the lesson, what we will do and what we have done. They have a sense of security in the foreign language lesson.
Of course, one more value point has not been mentioned before, if a funny activity, a song or a game is placed as the last point of the lesson, students will do their best not to interrupt and behave properly to fulfil everything and get their reward.
I guess it’s a win-win situation for all of us!