Apr 29, 2010
On the other hand, their previous experience of learning English may have been a positive one, in which case their level of motivation when they join the class may be quite high.
In either case, it is essential that their new English course contains topics which are interesting to them, and exercises which are intellectually challenging and which have "real-world" value in their eyes.
When you design your classes, include topics and tasks which interest, challenge and motivate students.
Here are some other ideas:
Use authentic photographs, magazine articles, website articles and emails
Try to bring in stories with characters students can identify themselves with
Focus on situations, topics and emotional issues which students will recognize and respond to
Present authentic functional language and everyday expressions which young British and American people use in conversations
Include topics which expand students' knowledge of the world
Contributed by Fuscoe, Kilbey, Freebairn, Bygrave & Copage, coauthors of the series for teenagers Upbeat