Tips for encouraging the Use of English in the Classroom


? Always reply in English, even if students are speaking in their own language.

? Try not to be too dogmatic, but comments like ?It?s easier for me to speak English? and it helps you?can explain your approach.

? Artificial motivators like the swear box for use of the students’ mother tongue can be introduced in a light-hearted way, or a list of forfeits which anyone not speaking in English must carry out. Use dice and a list of six forfeits (which you can vary throughout the year),e.g. ?Count from twenty backwards very quickly?, ?Sing a song you know in English?, etc.

? Points can be deducted from the team score during games or contests if the mother tongue is used.

? Make it clear to the students that you do not welcome the use of the mother tongue in your classes. If this proves to be a problem, report it to the teacher in charge.

? Simplify the English you use to suit the comprehension level of the class and stick to a clear body of classroom instructions which are concise and supported by gesture if appropriate. This does not mean speaking in monosyllables or broken English. Use tone of voice, stress, intonation and any visual methods to aid understanding.

? Help students to make an effort to understand without depending on a quick translation. This can take time in groups not used to making intelligent guesses or deducing meaning from context.

Language Assistant , by Clare levery

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