style to suit the
Michael Rebolledo M
At the end of the class you will have to answer a quiz about
How do you define the work of the teacher?
Is it a complex work?
There will be occasions when your class
comes to the language on a “high”.
Sometimes it is because they have just had
sport or a lunch break.
Sometimes they have been with another
teacher who keeps them silent nearly all
The SS will arrive at the language lesson in
a state of noise and energy.
There are occasions when they will start
the English lesson unsettled.
The SS may be distracted by a wasp, the
window cleaner, the weather or the
student clown… the list is endless.
Recent language teaching has tended to
follow patterns of work which do not help
to calm the students but instead stir them
Oral review takes 25 minutes at least.
For example: it can help with a difficult
restless class to start a lesson with
something settling and actively
occupying like copying out a short list of
words which the Ss are going to use later.
A settling version of revision of the previous lesson’s
Stick five flashcards on the board and number them.
(places of the city)
Say the phrases or words represented by the cards and
the class writes the numbers in order you say them, e.g.
I´m going to the supermarket.
I´m going to the sport center.
I´m going to the library.
And the children write down the numbers
Do this several times in a row with the same phrases or
words, just varying the order.
This is not mindless repressive activity. It gives the
class the chance to hear the words over and over
again and they have to recognize the meaning of
what you are saying in order to choose the correct
But at the same time it keeps them occupied and
Examples of Active