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Fostering a student-centered classroom to maintain student interest and participation . Abigail Bruhlmann English Language Fellow CELI (Center for English Language Immersion) 27 th Annual Panama TESOL Congress September 21-22, 2013 . Student-Centered vs. Teacher-Fronted. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Fostering a student-centered classroom to maintain student interest and participation

Fostering a student-centered classroom to maintain student interest and participation Abigail BruhlmannEnglish Language FellowCELI (Center for English Language Immersion)27th Annual Panama TESOL Congress September 21-22, 2013 Student-Centeredvs. Teacher-FrontedTeacher-fronted classrooms:Teacher is the sage on the stage

Student-Centered classrooms:Teacher is the guide on the sideWhy is a student-centered classroom important?-Lessons more interesting

-Lessons more memorable

-Students held accountable for their learning

-Enables more informal assessment

-Caters to different learning styles

Student expectationsPrevailing student is an empty vessel to be filled with knowledge by teacher model?

Students may be used to a teacher-fronted classroom

Teacher must explain concept of student-centered classroom

Students might need some time to adjust1. Needs AnalysisWho are your students?

What do they want to learn?

How do they want to learn?

Why are they studying English?2. Throw things at your studentsStuffed animal ball toss to self-regulate participation

Grammar quiz subject/verb agreement1. I love/loves teaching English.

2. Why do students use/uses their phones in class?

3. One of my students give/gives me an apple every day.

4. The teachers is/are learning a lot at the Panama TESOL Congress.

5. What a relief that this activity is/are over!3. Use interesting materialIf you are bored, the students will be too

Use material relevant to the students livesEx) Facebook posts, Twitter feeds, articles about their country/city

Dont use the textbook exclusively

Ridiculous websites?

Ridiculous websites!www.theoatmeal.comFunny (edgy) grammar and punctuation cartoons

www.hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.comFunny, illustrated, autobiographical blog

www.urbandictionary.comSlang dictionary4. Personalize contentUse students names/life experiences in example sentences

Sally took a bus to the conference.

vs.

Diego took a Diablo Rojo to the TESOL Congress.5. Use student-generated materialsIf you want to have students describe a picture, use a picture of your students

vs.6. Change partners oftenStudents get to know all their classmates

Match-ups to reinforce class content:Vocabulary words and definitionsPronunciation minimal pairsQuestions and responses sheep ship wheel fill will feel7. Involve the students in grammar explanationsThe Question Hand:

Great for teachingquestion structure

Have the students trace their own hand

(Question Hand courtesy of Aaron Corbin)

8. Use manipulatives to reinforce conceptsVocabulary review in partners/small groups:Memory gameHang the spiderPartner fill-in-the-blankChain stories

P , A , F

_______ ___E____ _______ ___O___ ___L___9. Give students resources to practice outside of classStudents take charge of their own learning

Share info they discover with the class

Other ideas?Thank you!Abigail Bruhlmannabigailb@celionline.comabigail.bruhlmann@gmail.com