If you want to have better English classes in Korean universities, then you’re going to need some basic rules to hep you (and your students out). Think that you don’t? Just walk by open doors of Korean professors and you’ll usually see 1-2 students paying attention, then the other half sleeping and the other half on their phones. If you want to avoid this, you certainly can. Keep on reading to find out how.
Classroom Rules Not Necessary for University English Classes? Think Again!
Classroom rules are very necessary in a conversational English class in a Korean university. Now, I didn’t think they would be my first semester teaching in a Korean uni, but I was oh so wrong. I’ve never made that mistake again!
Just picture yourself…way back…high-school…further…middle school? Ah, yes, welcome to freshman English class in Korea! Maturity levels are pretty low since most Korean students have only been studying, basically since they were 10 years old or so. Throw into the mix all the students from single-sex high middle and high schools, and, well, you have the picture.
Without rules, it can be total chaos. Students walking in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 14, 18, 35, 46 minutes late, disrupting the entire class, every single time. Half the students without books. Sleeping or chatting in the back of the class. Cell phones the entire class, sometimes even talking on the phone with someone on speakerphone. Well, you get the picture and it isn’t pretty.
Classroom Rules for University Students in Korea
These very basic classroom rules for university students in Korea ensure a happy, stress-free year for me (and quite possibly the students too, since they know what to expect).
And, I don’t think it’s just for me actually. These rules help to create an optimal learning environment for the students. It’s difficult to follow along with the textbook. And it’s also not ideal for a language class if you’re on your cell-phone the entire time.
Book! No book=absent. You can stay in class, but you will not get your attendance points.
Listen. To me and the other students. If someone else is talking, you should be listening carefully.
Cell-phone. I want a new cell-phone because mine is cheap and old. Yours is probably nice and new and expensive. So if I hear or see yours, I’ll be very happy. Get it? Of course, they can use it for a dictionary or to find information on the Internet. But, this should only be for a minute or two and then put it away again.
Time. For 10 minutes, I’m a very kind teacher and you’re just late. At 11 minutes, I’m a mean teacher and you’re absent. Run if you have to. Come to school early when you have my class in the morning. I understand that there’s traffic, but it’s not terrible to get to school 20 minutes early and relax or grab a coffee!
Name-tag. You are young and your memory is good. I’m old and my memory is not so great, so please help me to remember your names with a name-tag.
Do you Need Some Help With Classroom Management?
- Jennifer Booker Smith, Jackie Bolen
- Kindle Edition
Do you teach kids, but are struggling with managing your classes. It can be a little bit difficult when you’re first getting started out. There are 10, 20, or even 30 kids who all want to do their own thing in your classroom! This is often the situation in public schools in South Korea. Even if you have a co-teacher, you’d do well to bone up a bit on the classroom management skills so you’re not totally reliant on that person.
Don’t worry, help is here! ESL Classroom Management Tips and Tricks is the book you need if you teach elementary school kids. Regain some control, implement some rules and make your classes as effective as possible.
The good news is that the book is available in both digital and print formats. The digital copy can be read on any device by downloading the free Kindle reading app. Check out the book for yourself today:
More Rules for ESL/EFL Classrooms
Check out this short video for more ideas about how to manage your English classroom:
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