What is The English Classroom?

The English Classroom aims to support Preservice and Graduate English Teachers in surviving their first year in the classroom.

Becoming a teacher is, at times, a combination of perpetual fear and absolute joy. Some days a filled with extreme trepidation, while others wrap you in the warmth of knowing you are helping others. It is because of this polarity that teachers need a combination of support in the classroom.

As an English Teacher, one of your overall goals is to instil a joy for reading and writing. Students need to be inspired by storytelling. There are moments in the everyday and they are waiting to be discovered. It is the role of the writer to discover the heart and soul behind these moments. This website has been put together to support your role as an emerging teacher looking to increase engagement and passion for English in the classroom.

Think of this website as an index of instructional strategies and activities (Writing, Reading and Speaking and Listening) that you can pick and choose from for your classroom. You will find a number of links to different sections of the website that offer you resources, ideas and discussions about how to engage your students in the art of communication.

Lesson Design

In Lesson Design, learn about ways to organise your lessons so that your maximising our students’ potential.

Writing Activities

Need new writing activities? Perfect! Jump over to Writing Activities for some advice on how to create and model interesting writing opportunities for your students.


TEACHING

Are you teaching Edgar Allan Poe? Or beliefs, values and attitudes? Jump over to the Teaching section and discover tips on teaching essay structure, characterisation, and much more.


Cooperative Learning

Students need to learn how to interact in the classroom through structured and organised activities. Jump into these pages and you will discover a variety of cooperative techniques to use in your classroom.

Reading Strategies

You are stuck on how to get your students reading and looking for information? Not a problem! Jump over to Reading Strategies for specific questions stems and targeting levels of thinking.

Differentiation

Guess what? Every student learns in a different way. In Differentiation, you will learn strategies to support all students.