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Four key aspects of good classroom management:

Structure your lesson well
Lay out your classroom well
Ensure your own language is carefully graded
Monitor and provide appropriate feedback

Student Interaction Patterns:

Ensure there is a good mix of interaction types, so students don’t get bored.

Examples include:
T-S direction
S-T individual response
SS – T choral response
S-S pairwork
SS – SS groupwork
S – S – S -S -S mingle activity
T -S -S -S chain drill

Ensure your class layout encourages different interaction types.

When giving instructions:

  • Break down the instructions
  • Be direct.
  • Be explicit and clear
  • Tell learners who they should work with
  • Ask questions to ensure understanding
  • Grade your language
  • Never ask “Do you understand?”

Choose an appropriate method and timing when providing feedback to students on their errors.

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Mastering Classroom Management in English Language Teaching

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