Since the beginning of the semester, it has been one of my main teaching goals to get my students to speak only L2 in class. I have already shared some strategies I have tested, and today I brought something different.
A very valuable thing I have learned from other teachers was to teach students Classroom Language in the very first day of class, especially for beginner students. There is a lot of material available online, but I have never found something that was truly useful for my context. I needed just a few phrases students can use for asking for the page, going to the restroom, etc. Having a little drawing ability – just enough to doodle things students can understand what they are – I have come up with eight drawings to represent:
- Ms Duda (teacher, whatever you’re called), come here, please?
- I’m sorry, I’m late! May I come in?
- What’s the page, please?
- May I have a pencil, please?
- May I go to the restroom?
- I don’t understand. Can you repeat, please?
- How do you say ‘casa’ in English?
- May I say something? / May I go next?
You can download the flashcards by clicking here 🙂
Of course, the language can vary, depending on how formal your school is, or what you want to teach them. The drawings are in black and white so that young learners can colour them. Here’s an example of how I use them in my classroom: