Teaching English to Small Classes Teaching English to Small Classes Most teachers would agree that teaching a small class rather than a large class comes with many benefits. Teachers can offer one-on-one assistance at times and are more likely to meet the individual needs of their students. Some teachers, however, find it quite challenging to keep their students interested and excited about learning in a small class. Depending on the location you are teaching in, small classes range from about three to seven students.
Informal Learning Settings Introduction Teaching small classes is frequently coveted as an optimal university-level experience, when faculty feel they have the time to dedicate significant attention to each student, and students feel they have adequate access to the instructor.
Classroom instruction is more likely to be discussion-based, with more time given over to students. Active Learning in Small Classes Some common techniques include: The use of charts, diagrams, and photographs in your slide presentation may serve to prompt such questions, but the instructor should try to remember not to immediately launch into an explanation create time for students to work individually on problems projected on the screen ask students to draw a picture on scratch paper of your concept, using no words but still demonstrating comprehension pause occasionally, leaving only silence in the room, for students to reflect on critical topics use Small class teaching minute papers" to ask content questions, which can be collected and used as a micro-quiz graded or otherwise to gauge whether students really are understanding the material.
Variations include asking them to list which topic was understood the least, to see if the entire class shared the same lack of comprehension.
For maximal student engagement, allow students to interact not only with the material, but with each other. Each of the previous suggestions can be followed up with a brief discussion with a partner, or in small groups.
Some small classrooms make use of desk-chair combinations that can be re-arranged at will, which can encourage groupwork or even a circular formation for plenary discussions. Since engagement will remain highest with variation, it is advisable to employ a shifting array of techniques.
This list of interactive techniques can serve as a "toolbox" of ideas for use in making your class an active experience for your students. Many of the ideas on the list also offer suggestions for the kinds of activities students can perform in pairs and groups.
Student Response "Clickers" Sometimes known as audience polling technology or even just "clickers"classroom response systems promise numerous benefits in classes, including improved student engagement, enhanced formative feedback for instructors, easy quizzing tools, even a means to take attendance.
Instructors can employ the systems to gather individual responses from students or to gather anonymous feedback.
Our tutorial explains how to get started, and offers best practices for effective use of clickers: In many small classrooms, instructors challenge students who appear to be off-task. The preferred method to keep students engaged is to offer interesting, intellectually stimulating material, and to involve students as actively as possible in the session.
The personal connection with the students is advisable because it generates a feeling of accountability among students and it enables an emotional relationship to the material and to the instructor that is conducive to learning.
Tips for Effective Lecturing Maximize clarity and organization: Better to ensure students really learn a smaller chunk.
Create a supportive environment: Recognize different learning styles: Teach for long-term memory: Integrate higher-level thinking skills into learning: Use a variety of authentic assessments: Is a test or essay really appropriate to this material?
Promote real-world application of the learning: Fight both with constant and varied activities, even if it means students working alone in their chairs. Be an engaging speaker, especially if you only lecture: All of this is only possible when students can be convinced to pay attention to you in class.
Speak Engagingly Be conversational: If you can approximate the feel of a one-on-one conversation, students will pay much closer attention. Use your voice effectively: These variations can be used to great effect to signify important material.
Achieve eye contact with ALL parts of the room: If possible, wander the aisles. Come across as enthusiastic and energetic: Gauge audience reaction and adjust accordingly: Repeat points as necessary. Write legibly not cursive and in large font.
Do not speak when facing away from the class. Or use real pictures.
Once boring material now seems relevant and accessible to them. Tailor your style to appeal to this specific audience: Also, pack in as many similes, metaphors, and analogies as you can.Teaching small classes is frequently coveted as an optimal university-level experience, when faculty feel they have the time to dedicate significant attention to each student, and students feel they have adequate access to the instructor.
Classroom instruction is more likely to be discussion-based. Home → Teaching Resources → Advice for Teaching Abroad → Tips For Teaching Small Classes Last week, I wrote about the unique challenges of teaching large classes.
This week, the focus is on the other end of the spectrum, teaching small classes. The final year of the small class teaching (SCT)study has seen the completion of the fieldwork.
During the year the P3 small classes from Cohort 1 (the /05 P1 small class sample) returned to normal size classes in P4 and. While it may seem that having fewer students in a class would allow an educator to provide more one-on-one attention, in truth, fewer is not always better when it comes to students.
Small class sizes. Peter Blatchford argues that the targeted use of small-class teaching should be extended to secondary schools, as research shows that it can benefit students most in need of attention.
But small class size alone does not ensure a good education. The quality of the teaching, the school leadership, the size of the school, the amount of parent involvement and .