Sunday, August 8, 2010

Small-Sized Classroom Benefits - Personal Observations

What is a small sized classroom? This is a seemingly simple question but the answer might vary depending on the lecturer, the subject material, and the individual university standards.

For the purposes of this presentation, the following guidelines are assumed:
  • a classroom containing from 1 to 10 students is considered small
  • from 11 to 20 is medium
  • from 20 to 40 students is large
  • greater than 40 students is very large or oversized

Benefits of a small-sized classroom:
  • The possibility of developing personal rapport with each student is greater.
  • Feedback and communication between teacher and student are more frequent.
  • Small classrooms are more student-centered versus teacher-centered.
  • Teacher can change curriculum “on the fly” without major disruptions.
  • Individual attention is higher with a lower rate of “drop-offs.”
  • Small classes have a more “personal” feel and a less “numerical” feel.

Exceptions to the general rule of smaller classrooms:
  • Motivated students will shine in any sized classroom.
  • Motivated teachers will encourage, thrill, and motivate students in any sized group.

The speaker’s primary focus is to use technology together with language lessons. Using computers, the Internet, streaming audio and video, and web-based content allows for a classroom to become more closely connected. A big part of this ideology is to make use of video in the classroom as a tool for showing students their abilities using language in a direct manner. Some of the techniques used in the smaller classroom size will be demonstrated during the lecture.

Some examples proposed for the lecture include:
  • Using video to practice English pronunciation
  • Short skits in English
  • Watching a video as the starting point of a small-sized discussion
  • Product commercials in English

Small Sized Classes Powerpoint Presentation

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