Teaching Large Class Sizes – How to get students communicating.

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I recently had the opportunity to travel to China to lead some teacher training sessions and seminars as a representative of ATC.

O2012219193520ver 3 weeks, I was lucky enough to work with a fantastic group of teachers from several different middle schools in Zibo, North China. The teachers I was working alongside were teaching large class sizes of up to 70 students. At ATC I teach a maximum of 15 students, so as you can imagine, this was quite a change for me.

All the teachers I met were eager to learn new ways of making large classes both communicative and motivating for Young Learners.Through seminars and workshops we went through some tips and techniques for communicative teaching relevant to the Chinese Schooling System.

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I then tried my hand at teaching several of the classes myself to show some of these techniques in practice.Dealing with such large numbers of students was a new and challenging experience which certainly tested my teaching skills.

You can watch a video of how I got on teaching a class of 70 students here. (You may have to wait 1 minute for the adverts to disappear)

In the lesson I experimented with different communicative methods and tricks to keep the students motivated.

I tried during the class to:

  1. Use Realia.
  2. Make things competitive.
  3. Change the groupings of students.
  4. Change the style and flow of tasks.
  5. Make topics relevant to the students.


For more information on the tips above click here and for some must have items for teaching Young Learners click here

For those of you who teach large classes:

  1. Do you have any tips for making large classes more communicative?
  2. What would you do differently in this lesson?

One Response

  1. Lufi Wirmarini

    Use realia. that is important! 😊

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