how to make your students come back to your lessons again, and again and again?

to make sure students always (and joyfully) come beck to your classes, I think you should…

  • be an interesting person (or at least make such an impression). You can share some of your real-life if you have something nice to share, or (better) make up a “classroom self” and share his/ her stories. Why not add or invent a couple of fascinating details or people to your real life? I used to think students don’t care what their teacher thinks or have gone through, but this proved to be completely wrong when I saw how Mark Powell, the author of InCompany, told about his life.
  • know your students. then you will know what topics and materials will interest them. And they will appreciate that, no doubt.
  • always come back to their questions and queries. Try to remember if you ever promised them something (to expand on the topic, to bring an article, to look up a word). Never forget. \
  • make them feel good. this is what they’ll remember – how they felt at the lesson. if they felt they were finally able to speak – cool, you will definitely see them again.
  • make your techniques, materials, approaches vary – so that your studnets wouldn’t feel they know everything that’s going to happen at a lesson and don’t really need to attend, as they won’t miss anything surprising
  • establish routines. Yes, you shouldn’t make all the classes follow the same route, but routines (e.g. every Thursday we watch&discuss videos, write tests, share pictures) are good, they let your students feel confident – as they know what to expect.
  • be up-to-date with all the latest news and trends – be it what to wear, world news or where to travel, so that you can be interesting to talk to. Then your students will turn to you not only as a teacher, but also a source of information.
  • appeal to different learning styles – so that everyone would find that works for you at your class.

What would you add to this list?


About Svetlana Urisman

I am an ADOS and an English teacher (and materials writer) in a language school in Moscow. I have been an ADOS and a teacher trainer for a couple of years and a teacher for about 10 years. I am keen to share some ideas and materials I've developed in order to take them further and not to lose them. You are welcome to use any materials represented in this blog, and I will be happy to get your feedback afterwards if you take them to your classroom! ;-)
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