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December 29, 2006

Tips and Tricks- Handing Out Papers

Hello Readers!

Have you ever thought about when you should distribute your worksheets to your students? I know my teachers in school used to always pass them out while giving instructions on what we were meant to do with them. It may have saved some time...

... but is it the most effective way to do it in an ESL classroom?

From my experience, as soon as someone is given a piece of paper, any attention to the teacher is lost. Think about it- what do you do when you are given something? You skim through the text. You look at the pictures, graphs, or other visuals on the page. You flip it over, making noise.

Is this what you want in your classroom?

I recommend that the best thing to do is to give your instructions, pointing to your own copy of the worksheet as a visual for the class, ask your students questions to check that they understand the instructions, and THEN hand out the papers.

Good luck!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, and lived and worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at the Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at December 29, 2006 03:36 AM

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