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Class Participation in TESOL: Overcoming Major Obstacles

Class Participation in TESOL Classroom Management Participation in the ESL classroom is indispensable for students to improve their English skills. By increasing student interaction during class you will encourage participation, and students will have a better chance to develop their language skills more successfully.

For most students, their English class is one of the few moments in the day, or the only time, when they have a chance to use their spoken English. If they do not participate, their oral skills fall behind and they lose confidence as time goes by instead of gaining it.   Telling students that participation is beneficial for their language development and improvement is often not enough to motivate them to participate.

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TESOL Tips: Foster a Social Community in Your Classroom

Classroom Management tips to foster a social community in TESOL Learning 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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