Section 2: Language for Classroom Management

What language would I use to address to my students? What language would my pupils use to address to me? The language for classroom management is part of the language through learning of your CLIL unit. The following presentation provides you with useful examples to put in practice in your CLIL classes.

Classroom Rules by joan_alberich

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Classroom Language

In the next two pictures you are shown some words and actions in English referred to the classroom. For the CLIL learners, using these vocabulary in English in their CLIL lessons gives them a sense of reality which would not be achieved in Catalan. Try to incorporate these expressions in your everyday CLIL teaching.

The classroom

Classroom action

Language for Classroom Management List

Classroom management in the CLIL classrooms can be challenging because of the complexity to mix teaching content and language teaching, particularly for non-native teachers. However, one key element of classroom management remains the same: the desire to communicate in English. The list offers examples on the kind of language a CLIL teacher may use to conduct a lesson:

Language for Classroom Management by joan_alberich

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Exercise 1

From the file above, select the kind of language you feel more comfortable with. Then make your personal list for this type of language. Add the language to your lesson plan. This language constitutes a basic part of your speech in your CLIL lessons: both you and your students will get used to it after a while.

More on Classroom Management

What is leverage? Leverage means having great influence with your students. Leverage explains how a teacher can take over a classroom of students from a tough neighborhood, given up on and deemed uncontrollable, and turn them into a dream class. It’s the answer to the question, “How was she able to do that with those kids?” Leverage makes everything you do as a teacher easier and more effective, particularly classroom management. Have a look at these two websites to find out more:

  1. Smart Classroom Management [Accessed 15 September 2013]

Sometimes we have to deal with some misbehaviour! Here you have two documents that can help you.

Exercise 2

  1. Would those sentences (see link above) work in your classes? Mark each of the sentences with G (good/suitable for my classes), WU (students won’t understand if I say this), TD (too direct) or TI (too indirect).
  2. Improve the sentences that are not good for you, e.g. simplifying the ones that your students won’t understand. Try your improved sentences on the following lesson and see what their response is.
  3. What other school rules and typical types of misbehaviour do you need classroom language for? Write a short list and find some suitable language to express it. Try it in your next lesson.

Are you interested in more ideas for classroom management? Visit this website One Stop English: Classroom Management