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50 things to do within the first 3 weeks!

Beginnings are important. Whether the class is a large introductory course for ESOL students or an advanced course , it makes good sense to start off well. Students will decide very early – some say the first day of class – whether they will like the course, its contents, the teacher, and their fellow students.
The following list of “50 Things You Can Do…” is offered in the spirit of starting off right. It is a catalog of suggestions for college tutors who are looking for a fresh way of creating the best possible environment for learning. Not just the first day, but the first three weeks of a course are especially important, studies say, in retaining capable students.
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Minding their language!

Anyone who teaches ESOL, but doesn’t speak a foreign language, will understand just how it feels, when you enter a class for the first time – and are welcomed by the sound of almost every student in the room chattering away in their native tongue! Now imagine that you have only just qualified and this is your first ever lesson without a tutor sat in the back of your room.
This was the situation I was in when I learnt that a few words can be a most powerful – and surprisingly wonderful thing!
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