New term, new resources

22-Aug-2013

August is very quickly drawing to a close and that means only one thing for Macmillan Education: it’s the start of the new school term!

That first class with a new group of students is always scary, exciting and unpredictable in equal measure, but it’s always good to remind yourself that the students are much more nervous than you are! To help ease you into the new term, here are a few resources and ideas that you can use with new groups of students to get the new term off to a brilliant start!

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If you’re a new teacher and are feeling nervous about your first lesson (or even if you’re a seasoned professional and still get the jitters!), why not read our “First day” anecdotes from teachers all around the world: I particularly like this one from Inara in Brazil! You might even want to read this out at the start of your class to tell the students that they’re not the only ones who get nervous in new situations!

Mingling activities are fantastic for new groups because it puts the focus on the students and helps them get to know each other: if you can spend the first half hour creating a friendly atmosphere, it will make it so much easier to get the class involved in fun, collaborative and communicative tasks.

Melissa Martin’s great article on onestopenglish gives some ideas for communicative ways of introducing yourself, getting your students to find out about each other, and doing an informal needs analysis.

But how about if you’ve got lots of good ideas for mingling activities, and need some sure-fire topics that are bound to be a success and get your class chatting away. Food is always a great one, especially with multi-lingual classes; why not try this great lesson from Anna Skalbani, where students find all about British food: you could also combine this with informal presentations of their own nation’s cuisine and a key recipe of their nation’s most famous or best dish. This is a topic that’s bound to get your students talking!

What about if you want to dive straight into some language but don’t want to bore your students with pure grammar? The Your English section contains loads of great texts that you can exploit related to phrasal verbs, collocations and idioms. Why not cut up the texts and put different pieces around the room, getting your students to work together to piece the text back together?

Good luck to everyone, teachers old and new, as you go into 2013’s new term!

Becca

Becca

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