Chapter 29

Ten Ways to Make Your Students Happy

In This Chapter

arrow Being prepared with the students’ needs in minds

arrow Offering praise, constructive criticism, and helpful corrections

arrow Making lessons fun with games and humour

Students of English come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention demeanours. Obviously, you can’t please all of the people all of the time, but you can do some things to create a happy teaching environment for your students and you. Your job is far easier if your students are content. And, of course, lessons are more motivating for students if they feel you’re serious about doing a good job.

In this chapter, I show you various ways to keep your courses running smoothly that will inevitably put a smile on your students’ faces.

Put Your Students at the Heart of Planning

Ask your students about topics they’d like to cover and try, where possible, to fit them in. (Flick to Chapter 3 for more details on creating weekly plans that allow room for student input.)

Sometimes your course is just one part of the students’ overall educational programme. In this case, find out more about the other classes they’re taking. Perhaps their other teachers can you give you some basic ...

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