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activities and strategies for managing large groups (20+)

 
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5h09un



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:33 am    Post subject: activities and strategies for managing large groups (20+) Reply with quote

hi, everyone. i was wondering what you guys think are the best ways to approach this very challenging situation. i've been having some english corners with some very large groups of adults for the past few weeks and i'm running out of ideas to keep them simultaneously interested, busy and on task.

the best activity i've employed so far is short surveys. i divide the class into groups and make them ask each other questions that i've picked about a certain topic and then present their results group by group. but i can't keep doing this time after time.

i've tried short readings and discussion of the topic too, but the students are less active and i think they find this a lot more boring than the above activity.

i've considered things like debates and discussions in small groups, but this sounds like it would be impossible to effectively manage. the size of these classes will double within a month.

but i'm sure there's somebody here who's managed to figure out something that works. i know there's a lot of stuff on the internet and there are some things that sound promising that have been suggested to me by my coworkers, but i'd like to hear from more people who have tried things i haven't thought of and how they made them work.

thank you in advance.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:46 am    Post subject: Re: activities and strategies for managing large groups (20+ Reply with quote

It would help to know more about your students (ages, education level), their proficiency level, class make up (homogeneous vs. multicultural/lingual), the type of English class (academic, conversation, English for business, etc.), which country you're in, learning objectives...
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5h09un



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:14 am    Post subject: Re: activities and strategies for managing large groups (20+ Reply with quote

nomad soul wrote:
It would help to know more about your students (ages, education level), their proficiency level, class make up (homogeneous vs. multicultural/lingual), the type of English class (academic, conversation, English for business, etc.), which country you're in, learning objectives...


ages: 16-24
class make up: all chinese
type of class: discussion/activity. it's pretty casual.
country: china
learning objectives: pretty light. it's mostly about getting them to practice speaking.
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Harbin



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why plan interactive lessons or activities when you can just talk about yourself, your last vacation, or how drunk you were last night instead?










oh my..... China has made me a tad bitter Mad
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