Give each student a table of favourite things to complete. Tables can vary in size and grammatical complexity according to the level of your students. Give the students enough time to complete the table and encourage them to use the word cards on the wall to check their spelling.
Drill the pronunciation of What’s your favourite…? In pairs, students ask and answer the question. Change partners and repeat four or five times. Students try to find someone who has at least two answers which are the same as theirs.
Display the papers on the wall.
Use the children’s answers to arrange your class seating plan, pairing up children who like the same things. The children are more likely to accept where you place them if they see the rationale behind your decision.
Establish from the first day that you don’t want students to just call out answers in class. Ask the students a question and then silently but visibly count 5 seconds with your fingers. After 5 seconds, show that you are ready to hear the answer and get the students to call it out in unison or nominate an individual student to say it.
If you can establish this rule in the first lesson of the year, not only will it make classroom management much easier, it will also allow children who need more time to think before answering to participate.
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