Back to School: A Letter of Introduction

As we all know, the first few classes with a new group of teenage learners are vital. They lay the foundation for what’s to come and allow you to establish a positive working atmosphere.

Over the years I’ve found my classes get off to the best possible start if I can do the following things: get students talking about their world (and listen attentively when they do); let them see at least some of my world, so it’s not just them who’s giving; give all students the chance to show what they already know; provide opportunities for individual help and support.

Author: Rob Metcalf

Procedure

With these goals in mind, I almost always use the following two activities, which are easy to set up with classes at any level.

I start by giving each student a letter introducing myself, but with some information missing. In small groups, students prepare questions to ask me to complete it. I tailor the letter to suit the level of each particular class, and make sure there are some easy questions to help them gain confidence after the summer break plus a couple of trickier questions that will make them think. It’s a great way to get students using their English again. It’s a good diagnostic test, too, and it relaxes students because the focus is on you, not them. I get students to write me a reply for homework. That way, I find out something about them, I can give a personal response, and can see how motivated they are to use their English.

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Back to School: A Letter of Introduction

Back to School: A Letter of Introduction

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Back to School: First Lesson of the Year

Back to School: First Lesson of the Year

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