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PostSubject: Things to think about/ Discussion questions for teachers   2nd December 2015, 11:21 pm

Things to think about/ Discussion questions for teachers

- What stages above wouldn't you bother doing in your classes, e.g. initial chitchat in a large class, low level class or very young class?

- What order do you usually do the stages that you do? Could you do them in a different order?

- Which of the phrases in each of the stages you do use above is the right language level for your students? Is each one also suitable for their age, polite enough etc? If not, how could you change it?

- Pick at least 5 sentences above that are totally unsuitable for your classes. Why are they unsuitable? What kinds of classes and situations might they be suitable for? What could you say instead in your classes?

- How could you make each of those phrases easier to understand, e.g. what gestures could you use and what language could you add to your syllabus?

- Once your students get used to that phrase, how can you make it more complicated in order to boost their level but still making sure they understand?

- Is there any way of getting students to use the same phrases with each other?

- Do you do any of the stages above in L1 rather than English? What do you think students' reactions to you switching to English would be? How could you make that transition easier?

- Many of the sentences above have natural conversational grammar rather than traditional written grammar, e.g. "Alarm clock broken?", which a native speaker is probably more likely to say rather than "Is your alarm clock broken?" What do you think about using these kinds of sentences?

- There are also some examples of more difficult and idiomatic words and phrases like "nowt" and "How are things?" that students would probably still understand from the context. How do you feel about using these in your classes?

- If you use natural sentences at natural speed students will hopefully learn to guess the meaning from context, to accept not understanding every word, and to remember language in longer stretches rather than word by word. They might, however, never understand what the individual words are and might never be able to tie it in with the language on the syllabus. Which of these are more important for your students, do you think?

- Some people like to start English class in exactly the same way as the other classes so that students take it seriously, and other teachers like to start it in a more relaxed and friendly way to set the atmosphere that they need for an interactive, communicative classroom. Which thing is more important to you? Is there any way of combining the two things?
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