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This article discusses the findings of an action research project carried out to minimize negative class participation among 10 EFL pre-intermediate students, aged-11-14, in a language school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. First, some theoretical issues concerning discipline in the language class will be discussed. Second, the original project I developed in 1995 to minimize negative class participation among 14 EFL beginner students, aged 12-15, will be reviewed. Next, the experiment with the 2003 group will be described. The results seem to confirm that, although some adaptations to the original project were necessary, when students reflect upon their importance in the lessons they tend to behave better in class and to show a more positive attitude towards learning.