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Farwaniya Young Learners 2009-2010

Using Arabic
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Areej from Fatma Bint Qais Primary School

Too much use of Arabic is probably the single most serious danger in any English language learning classroom.If English is not the main language used in the classroom ,the pupils are not going to learn very much English.It is easy to start using Arabic "now and then" because it may seem more convenient , but a teacher must be very careful because "now and then" can quickly become a routine.It is important that teachers do not force pupils to use English right at the beginning. In classrooms with young learners ,the traditional method is for teachers to use English as much as possible while their pupils are allowed to use Arabic. Over time the amount of Arabic used in the English classroom reduces.Many teachers feel that they are not achieving the ideal of 100% English in their classes,but the exact proportion of English and Arabic will depend upon many factors:
 
  1. The pupils' previous experience.
  2. The level of their language ability.
  3. The stage of the course and how well pupils know their teacher.
  4. The stage of the lesson.A teacher may find needs to translate a key word or phrase at the beginning of a lesson and after a brief translation can taper off his use of Arabic.

Class Management
 
Decide on your discipline rules
 
Noise:
                  Don't expect primary school pupils to work in silence. It is normal for children
                 to laugh and talk to each other while they are doing an activity. Instead of
                 preventing them from talking try to provide them with the language they need
                 for their communication.
Movement:
                 Children need to move around. The school day is long and we cannot
                 reasonably expect them to sit at desks all day. Try to include at least one
                moving activity in each lesson.Let them stand up or clap and act to songs and
                rhymes.
Flexibility :
                 Be prepared to change the order of your activities in your lesson plan to take
                into account the mood of your pupils. If they seem unruly at the beginning of
                the lesson , start off with a physical activity.If they get restless halfway through
                the lesson , stop what you are doing and get them moving.
Positive reinforcement:
                Always emphasise and reinforce the good things that pupils do. children love
               public encouragement , so make sure that the other pupils hear you praising and
               appreciating someone's work or conduct. Remember that children need this
               praise , even the ones who do not always demand your approval.