Creating a distinctive atmosphere in the EFL Classroom
- What will create a distinctive atmosphere and what new techniques have you introduced in your class?
- What rapport will you build?
- How significant will this be in the success of your class?
“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.”
(Rita Mae Brown)
The role of a teacher may vary considerably depending on the nature of the class or session. The needs and the levels of the students differ considerably.
In order to gauge the level of the student, first, we conduct a level test before they start their classes, so we can place them at the perfect starting point. We also need to find out why do they want to learn English, what are their objectives, aspirations, expectations and preferences.
During the first conversation, we can also decide what type of learners they are, for example conversation or grammar driven. Once we established their requirements and goals, then the real challenge begins.
There are different types of students and they learn in a variety of ways. There isn’t any proof that matching the teaching style to a learner’s style will maximise the whole experience and speed up the learning process, but it is worth a try. I dare to experiment, it might work.
A kinesthetic type of student may benefit from role playing, activities, demonstration games or computer applications. For a visual type of student I show a variety of pictures, drawings, comic books, brochures or maps and we discuss the topics accordingly. They can also watch films, documentaries or YouTube.
For learners, who prefer reading and writing, I give various reading material, they can read aloud and have excellent conversation about the topics. I also give them plenty of homework and essays to write. I advise them to read as much and as often as possible, for example books, magazines, newspapers and articles. For those, who prefer listening because they are more the auditory type, I suggest watching films, DVDs, YouTube or to listen to the radio and the music every day.
In general, I always try to create a positive learning environment by providing a decent repertoire of activities, that can make sessions engaging, interesting, challenging and fun. I also listen to the students, constantly