Never in my classroom- what no plan! revisited

“I luv it when a plan comes together”.


At the moment I have a group of Engineers that are a mix of Chinese and Russians. There are new challenges I face this semester ( more of that later), but keeps me on my toes.

Having a generic approach to my training of English means sometimes things happen that surprise me in how successful they are, contrary to expectation.

Classroom management is often a issue we have to deal with in lessons. Approaches may vary. During my last lesson with this group, 4 students were very lazy, and therefore I had to think on my toes. Now, not one for a strict reward and punishment system I decided on the spur of the moment to set two separate homework tasks. The first was in response to the need for a group vocab list, and a reaction of some kind to the lazy bones. So that was their task; to categorise lists of adjectives for materials, and prefixes used in the construction industry that we had brainstormed in lesson.

The  engaged students I set a homework to discover Leipzig. Since the English Summer School  in August this year I have been doing hood tours in different guises. The students I split into three groups, all received a blurb of a “hood” in Leipzig.

shapeimage_2tour blurbs

Their task was to go out, and come back this week with notes and pics to talk about the hood, and specifically common styles of construction, and architecture.

Lets see what the results are.







A native Brit, Stewart is from the East Midlands. He has worked all over England and has been in Germany since 2002. Through working with the youth and the disabled he has been able to fine tune his communication skills. A Cambridge qualified (CELTA/LCCI CerTEB) instructor of English as a Foreign Language, he also has experience as a copy editor/ proof reader specializing in Higher Education and Business English. He assists established companies & local English trainers (LELTA) in optimizing their platforms, markets & copy (texts). With a Bachelors degree in English & Art, he brings diverse skills within a broad palette to his academic courses, an English speakers community (So Social Club) & an art project (Lebenskunstler). Not only focusing on creative expression but exemplary use of language.

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