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Ashley Leverich “Why Classroom management is important for English language learners.” From my perspective, English language learners need to feel comfortable and encouraged when learning English. The classroom is one of many places where a student builds trust while furthering their education. Every classroom has the ability to foster students on the path towards building a trusting and thriving learning environment for them and their classmates. Which in turn, creates a healthy and proactive space to learn in. Classroom management is the foundation used to help these students participate and properly perceive information. I feel classroom management is very important for language learners. However, I have three main points when it comes to managing a classroom that could help better an English language learners’ learning experience. These are all part of classroom management as a whole, but these three stood out the most as being helpful in my future classroom. Classroom arrangement, establishing rapport, and grouping students, mainly in pair work. From my perspective, these three components are pillars that build a base towards a better language learning experience. Starting with classroom arrangement, students who are learning English, or any language for that matter, need a clear line of sight to the chalkboard/white board in order to see and retain the lesson being taught. In my opinion, the classroom should be arranged in rows or paired tables. This gives the students easier access to the board for note taking and asking questions. It also allows the teacher to see which students are struggling and which are flourishing during the lesson. If a student does not understand what the teacher has written on the board, the student may show signs and the classes arrangement could very well help a teacher to see these signs. The way in which the seating is arranged could also benefit students. If they are seated in rows or tables, they may feel more comfortable with the class and are able to ask a fellow classmate for help. This also gives students a partner to work with and learn from, which also supports my idea of grouping students in order to help them further their confidences and learning skills. Although this seating may not always work for every classroom and may need to be adjusted for individual students needs. Nevertheless, I feel this arrangement makes for the most comfortable and encouraging discussions and lessons during class. Next, I want to discuss the importance of establishing rapport with students. There are two types of rapport that help to create an enjoyable and successful classroom environment, student to student and teacher to student. For students who are learning English, I feel that student to student communication is one of the most beneficial types of activities. When the classroom is managed properly the rapport between everyone in the class creates a higher level of education for every student to improve their communication and reading abilities. When the classroom is cohesive and thriving during a lesson then every student gains knowledge from one another and creates an engaging atmosphere. The importance of rapport with a teacher’s classroom is what distinguishes classroom guidelines and restrictions. These keep the students in line and help to keep the lessons progressing during the school year. The benefits of good rapport between students and teachers help to keep the English language learning experience progressing at the right pace with an enjoyable and stimulated environment for his or her class. However, there can also be bad rapport in a class, and this must also be managed carefully and respectfully as not to damage the rapport even further. Lastly, I feel that grouping students would boost and greatly improve the overall performance of English language learners. Grouping students should be considered a focal point for classroom management, putting students in pairs gives these types of learners someone to practice communication with and to help learn more from one another. Personally, I would favor the grouping method in my future classroom in order to create a more communication friendly environment. I want my future students to feel comfortable talking in English and that way they will feel even more comfortable when using English in everyday life situations. I feel that pairing students during group work will boost their confidence and bring out their more competitive sides, when in the classroom. This would drive the students to improve on the English and perhaps bring a fun and lively atmosphere to the classroom, making it a more comforting place to openly engage with the entire class. This leads to better lessons and more language practice time, which is important for English language learners when starting a new language. In conclusion, classroom management provides the basic structure for any language learning student and should thus become one of the most important focal point for a teacher when creating their classroom, and lesson plans. However, teachers should keep in mind the needs and personalities of each student as to not offend or exclude any student. Classroom management is about making students feel comfortable enough to break out of their shell while learning English. With proper classroom management English language learners can thrive and establish their language skills in an encouraged and stimulating setting. This is why I feel that classroom management is important for English language learners.