Classroom Management for Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Writing on the Board


One of the major ideas here when writing on the board, is that we need to be aware that whenever we're using the board to write down information, we should not be talking and whenever we are talking we should not be writing on the board. This will inevitably lead to what's known as dead time when nothing is being said as we're putting information on the board. This dead time is not a problem but we can actually minimize it by using a number of techniques. We could use pre-prepared material. So we put information onto large pieces of paper and then instead of writing on the board, we actually stick those materials onto the board as we go through the class. Another idea is to actually ask students to write on the board for you. Another thing is that we could actually put work up onto the board before the class starts and then to cover that work with pieces of paper, which we can then take off as and when we get to it. Another very useful technique is to actually during an activity particularly study activities once the activity has got going and we've monitored to check that the students are all working correctly, use that study time to actually put material up onto the board and as mentioned before it is very important when we're writing on the board that we do print our letters out individually and clearly.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

I FOUND MOST OF THIS UNIT VERY INTERESTING. I DID, HOWEVER, FIND THE PHONETIC SCRIPT VERY CONFUSING AND WILL NEED TO THOROUGHLY WORK ON IT BEFORE I CAN EDUCATE THE STUDENTS ON IT. I ALSO FEEL THAT IT IS A VERY COMPLICATED PART WHICH WILL BE DIFFICULT TO TEACH TO FOREIGN SPEAKING STUDENTS WHILE TRYING TO ASSIST IN IMPROVING THEIR ENGLISH SKILLS.I found this unit extremely difficult to understand. I found there to be a lot of information with not a lot of description. There was too many questions throughout the text that did not contribute to the learning. The phonetic sounds of letters were not provided meaning I had to use the internet to learn the symbols associated with the sounds.