My lessons are usually very interactive.
I love to start a lesson with something my students can discuss and talk about. A picture, an advertisement, a video, a story! In a school classroom, my students will talk among themselves and then share with the class. Most of the time, not everyone will have a chance to express their thoughts due to time constraints.
With a smaller class size, the children can share their thoughts and opinions and we can even have time to draw some conclusions! Excellent!
How does this benefit the children?
Regardless of their level, the children need to form opinions and also hold their own perspectives. When they have sufficient and guided practice, they will feel more confident during stimulus-based conversation and also feel less anxiety when they need to do an oral presentation.
I would like to share an example of one particular pupil from my class in 2017. His family did not speak much English and he had never passed English since the beginning of primary school. Needless to say, at P3, when he passed English for the first time in his SA2, he was literally over the moon. However, what struck me the most was that when I took him for a non-core subject in 2018, he was one of the few pupils who eagerly volunteered to do oral presentations! This was a far cry from the shy boy who did not want to say much in class back in 2017. I know I patiently gave him ample opportunities to speak up in class in 2017, even though at first what he said made little sense. Slowly, his confidence grew and he is where he is now.
One of my proud moments! Good job, YH!
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