Classroom management considerations to help teachers with close control practice activities: keeping L1 under control. Part 2

Classroom management considerations to help teachers with close control practice activities: keeping L1 under control. Part 2

In our previous article we were describing a technique for controlling L1 use. To continue on this theme, here are some more techniques:

  • Have an on-going star system, whereby each student is allotted 5 stars at the beginning of the class. These can be put up on the whiteboard. If a student uses L1 when they are not supposed to, they loose a star. If however they use some particularly impressive English, they gain a star. If this principle is used for groups, then peer pressure will lean on students to avoid L1 in order not to ‘let the side down’.
  • ‘Last out’. This technique requires the TEFL teacher to write a list of all the students in the class (on the whiteboard, for example) and every time anyone speaks in L1, a mark is put by their name. At the end of the class, the students line up to leave, but before they can go out, they must answer a question from the teacher. If they answer correctly, they can go. If not, they go to the back of the queue. BUT, the original line up order is determined by how much each student has spoken in L1. The one who has spoken least is at the front of the queue, and the one who has spoken most is at the back of the queue. Again, as in the ‘hot potato’ technique (see previous article), pairing up students results in peer pressure motivation.
  • Finally, a ‘swear box’ technique can be established. In this case, a ‘fine’ is incurred for each utterance e.g. 5 cents every time L1 is used. The swear box accrues money over the course of a term, say, and then at the end the money is used to buy some goodies for the last class of term, mainly paid for by the linguistic offenders!


Posted on August 10th, 2017


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