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TEFL Masterclass – Tips For Effective Classroom Instructions

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Khanh-Duc Kuttig – Lecturer @University of Siegen (Germany)& TESOL 2021 – Teacher of the Year

Khanh-Duc Kuttig, a distinguished instructor at the University of Siegen, boasts a notable career in academia. Garnering the prestigious 2021 TESOL International Association Teacher of the Year award, Ms Kuttig is renowned for her expertise and dedication to enriching the learning experience for her students.

This TEFL Webinar ELT Masterclass centres on delivering clear and effective classroom instructions, discussing common pitfalls, solutions, tips for success, and a framework for structuring instructions. Teachers should be aware of potential issues such as speaking too quickly, using complex language, neglecting to check for understanding, and failing to demonstrate activities. To avoid these pitfalls, they must speak slowly, use simple language, and demonstrate activities when needed.

To boost confidence, teachers can practice giving instructions and prepare in advance. Comprehensive understanding of activities and preparing step-by-step instructions using clear language will prove beneficial. Teachers are urged to share their strategies for giving effective instructions and explore additional resources on the Gallery Teachers website for ongoing professional development.

By adhering to these guidelines and being mindful of common pitfalls, teachers can enhance their ability to provide clear instructions, resulting in better student engagement, increased comprehension of activities, and an overall more positive learning experience for all parties involved.

Workshop Summary

Introduction:

In this TEFL Webinar ELT Masterclass, the focus is on providing clear and effective classroom instructions. The discussion encompasses common pitfalls in giving instructions, solutions to those issues, tips for effective classroom instructions, and a framework for structuring them. Here is a condensed summary of the main points:

Identifying and Avoiding Common Pitfalls

Teachers should be aware of common pitfalls in giving instructions, such as speaking too quickly, using complex language, not checking for understanding, and failing to demonstrate activities. To avoid these pitfalls, teachers should speak slowly and clearly, use simple language, check for understanding, and demonstrate activities when necessary.

When giving instructions, teachers should engage their students’ attention, use simple and concise language, pause after each step, and adjust their language to the students’ level. Additionally, they should show students what to do and demonstrate activities. It is not advisable to ask students if they understood the instructions, as they might not be confident or have the language ability to admit confusion. Instead, have them repeat the instructions back or ask stronger students to explain the instructions.

To become more confident in giving instructions, teachers can practice and prepare in advance. Ensuring a thorough understanding of the activity and preparing step-by-step instructions using clear and concise language can be helpful.

Utilising Frameworks and Reflecting on Experiences

Utilising a framework for instructions can be beneficial, which may include elements like a frame (a signal to begin a new activity), a summary of the task and its purpose, organisation (how students will work), procedure (what they will be doing), mode (focusing on speaking or listening), outcome (what is expected after completing the activity), strategies (specific techniques for the activity), timing, and a cue to begin work.

To check if students understand the instructions, teachers can have them repeat the instructions back, or ask stronger students to explain the instructions in their first language or demonstrate the activity.

Reflecting on their own experiences giving instructions and thinking about situations where their instructions might have confused students can help teachers identify areas for improvement. They can then consider implementing the tips and framework discussed in the webinar.

Teachers are encouraged to share their strategies for giving effective instructions that were not covered in this webinar and explore additional resources on the Gallery Teachers website for continuing professional development.

Conclusion:

By following these guidelines and being mindful of common pitfalls, teachers can improve their ability to give clear and effective instructions in the classroom. This will lead to better student engagement, increased understanding of activities, and an overall more positive learning experience for all involved.

Reflective Questions

Have a quick think about the reflective questions below in order to get the most out of the workshop:

  1. Why do my students not understand my instructions?
  2. How can I make sure students understand my instructions?
  3. What are some things that I could do to support my instructions?
  4. What can I do to check that my students have understood what they have to do?

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