Once we accept that a big class is a reality we can start looking at how that challenge can be turned into an opportunity.

Teachers say ‘classroom management’ is the first big challenge of large classes, as we need to keep all the students engaged during the English period.

In this programme, we hear suggestions and tips from a number of different teachers who work with large classes. 

  • Dini talks about using ‘magic words’, while Li describes a reward system for good behaviour.
  • We hear one teacher start her class with personalised practice to motivate her students and create an atmosphere in which they can try out their English.
  • Shoba demonstrates how we should plan our lessons to include different kinds of practice, keeping students working actively, and have a clear aim for every class.

Download the teacher support worksheet below to help you use ideas in your large classes.

Audio (MP3): 


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This program is very interesting and practical for most English teachers in China, who have to deal with a big class of junior middle school and senior middle school students in rural areas, even in some counties and less developed cities.

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