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The first day of language school is exciting. We meet the people who will share with us the important experience of learning a new language. Creating a positive atmosphere is essential to achieve better performance in class, but sometimes shyness may become our biggest enemy. In order to face the first day of class, we have put together some activities that will certainly help to break the ice.

  1. Words cloud. The students think of 9 words that describe themselves – favourite food, colour, cities, hobbies… – and they write them down inside a drawing, which will be shown to the rest of classmates later on.
  2. Greetings. The teacher divides students into two concentric circles, an internal one and an external one. The students shall walk whilst some music is being played. When the music stops, they should introduce themselves to the person in front of them. The introduction should be different every time.
  3. The star. The teacher draws a star and writes down a word on each tip. The students have to guess the meaning of these words by asking yes/no questions. For example: Blue – Is it your favourite colour? Is that the colour of your car?
  4. Truth or lie. The students make a list with three different sentences related with their daily routine. Two sentences must be false and the other one must be true. The rest of the students should guess which one is the true sentence by posing some questions. The more original the sentences are, the funnier the game is.
  5. The cobweb. We need a ball of yarn to play this game. A person holds the thread, he/she talks briefly about himself/herself and throw the ball to another student who will repeat the process. At the end of the game, all the students should be connected through a nice web.

5 Keys to be a good teacher

When it comes to teaching, there are certain aspects that must be taken into consideration. It’s not all about having a good academic background or knowledge of the subject. A good teacher must comply with the following 5 requirements:

  1. Being able to captivate people: Attracting students’ attention is not easy at all. However, keeping that attention is even more difficult. In order to be a good teacher, you need to connect with your students, inspire them and fill the lessons with amusing activities so they are motivated to learn more all the time.
  2. Being creative: You can improvise in case an activity is not going as it should be or something unexpected comes up. You can also know how to teach in a captivating way and keep your students awaken. If someone doesn’t understand your explanation, you are able to do it in a different way so it’s easier to get.
  3. Being fair: You know how to empathize with your students’ emotions and understand their behaviour if you are aware of their problems outside the class. Besides, you apply the same norms and restrictions to yourself than to the rest of the people. If they mustn’t pick up the phone during the lesson, you won’t do it either.
  4. Being committed: You are never late and you are willing to have your lesson ready even if that means working some extra hours over the weekend. Plus, you are worried about the success of your students and you understand their personalities and goals.
  5. Being cooperative: You are able to create bonds with both the rest of teaching and administrative staff and the students’ parents. Therefore, you will strengthen positive synergies contributing to the success of your work.