Cooperative ESL Activities Classroom ManagementCooperative learning activities help ESL students to interact more with other students and allow teachers to witness their learning. Communicating and collaborating with their peers allows students to participate more by using the language in lower-risk situations where they do not feel they are being evaluated.

Many experts recommend cooperative learning activities to provide opportunities for English language learners to practice using English and to receive feedback that promotes language acquisition. By focusing on the process as well as the product of group work, cooperative learning also enables students to work effectively with others from various cultural backgrounds and English ability levels, to develop friendships that might not happen otherwise, and to experience the satisfaction of helping others.

Cooperative learning is an essential strategy that gives students the best opportunities to use the language and practice what they are learning. The following activities are carefully structured to promote purposeful talk and collaboration:

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Culture shock is a series of feelings that travellers experience when they encounter the new and unfamiliar culture of a different city or country. Four stages have been identified in the process of experiencing culture shock:

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Classroom Management tips to foster a social community in TESOLLearning a language, in many cases, is as much a social occupation as it is a professional  or academic one. Students studying abroad, for instance, rely on their school as a place to meet people and to practice English with. It can be emotionally difficult for many students to cope with being away from their family, friends and daily routines, so it is crucial that students quickly find others to spend time with. Students studying in their own countries also need to feel socially engaged, because learning and using a language is an inherently social task. If they can’t connect with or relate to their classmates, they will be losing out on opportunities for practice and growth.

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Get your students moving in the ESL classroom. Teaching English activitiesLearning a new language can be tough. Sitting in one place for an hour or more doesn’t make it any easier. Adding some opportunities for movement during class time can help keep your students motivated and can help them learn better.

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What is independent learning?

Independent learning is:

Reflective: students think about what they have learned and what it means

Connected: students make connections between what they are learning, what they know already, and what they experience in the world outside the classroom

Self-directed: students do not wait  for the teacher to tell them what to learn- they are read to create learning experiences on their own

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Teachers are often confronted with students who just don’t seem to be learning as well as others in the class, or who seem to struggle with the course material. Before jumping to any conclusions about why a student might not be making the expected progress, it’s important to consider some of the factors that can have a definite impact on a student’s learning.

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Managing class interaction during a class discussion when teaching a large ESL classSometimes it can be difficult in large ESL classes to get students to speak up and participate in class discussions, so teachers will often have students form smaller groups for speaking activities.  There are occasions, though, when a whole class discussion can really take off if students are enthusiastic about a topic and are eager to participate.

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Classroom Management - Develop Rapport with ESL Students TESOL course tipsWhen ESL students are asked to describe a favourite teacher or a teacher they feel they learned a lot from, they often describe someone who was kind, funny, or nice. In other words, good rapport is often the first thing that comes to mind.  Establishing and maintaining a positive rapport with your students not only leaves a lasting impression on them, it also facilitates learning in the classroom.

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ARCS Motivating ESL StudentsESL learners come into the classroom with a wide variety of proficiency, backgrounds, and expectations.  These factors, and others, influence the motivation learners have to invest time and effort in their learning.  There are many things that a teacher can do to motivate learners while teaching in the classroom, but it is also very important to consider learner motivation when planning instruction.

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Grow work ESL classroom managementHaving students work in groups offers many advantages. Group work can increase the amount of practice available to each student and help to individualize instruction.  Furthermore, group work can create a more relaxed learning environment and motivate learners by involving them personally.  Perhaps most importantly in terms of SLA, group work can facilitate learner interaction, providing learners with access to the linguistic input they need in order to advance their language skills.

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