English only in the Classroom
In the ELT classroom it is very beneficial to encourage learners to speak English only while in class. It helps them to learn and use functional and useful English as well as what is in their course books. They can express interest, boredom, share and react to news, make social arrangements with classmates etc.
Perhaps the biggest benefit is that learners become more confident and feel less self-conscious when speaking English.
Here at ACET we encourage learners to speak English as soon as they walk through the doors of the school, to chat to each other during the coffee break in English only.
In class our teachers explain to the learners that only English is allowed in the classroom and this policy must be adhered to. Learners quickly become use to this and when they see that everyone is doing it, they will do so, too.
As teachers we understand the importance of providing learners with the tools for communication. We teach new vocabulary in chunks, phrases and appropriate responses to questions, so that learners can use these to communicate effectively both in and out of class.