Classroom Management for Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Writing on the Board

 

One of the major ideas here when writing on the board, is that we need to be aware that whenever we're using the board to write down information, we should not be talking and whenever we are talking we should not be writing on the board. This will inevitably lead to what's known as dead time when nothing is being said as we're putting information on the board. This dead time is not a problem but we can actually minimize it by using a number of techniques. We could use pre-prepared material. So we put information onto large pieces of paper and then instead of writing on the board, we actually stick those materials onto the board as we go through the class. Another idea is to actually ask students to write on the board for you. Another thing is that we could actually put work up onto the board before the class starts and then to cover that work with pieces of paper, which we can then take off as and when we get to it. Another very useful technique is to actually during an activity particularly study activities once the activity has got going and we've monitored to check that the students are all working correctly, use that study time to actually put material up onto the board and as mentioned before it is very important when we're writing on the board that we do print our letters out individually and clearly.


Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

All the types of lessons mentioned in this course have their own goal. Each one is very important. I think the placement one is quite important as a class with students on the same level of English makes group work more balanced. If there are students with a level of English much lower than the rest of the class, they will struggle a lot and might even lose motivation in learning the English language. If there are students with a level of English much higher than the rest of the class, then they will find the lesson too slow and boring.