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Rules & Consequences in Class in Japan

As an ESL teacher you have a dueling set of responsibilities as you approach students with an interest in learning a foreign language. On one hand you have to assure that your students are learning the material set in the lesson plan, which is determined by both you and the school. In addition you have to ensure that they are also having fun while learning. This gets more difficult depending on how young the student is, but it is necessary to actively generate long term participation.

 

Rules and Consequences should be set from the first class as a set of guidelines for the students to follow. Cultural considerations should be kept in mind when setting the rules. An easy way to do this would be to ask fellow experienced teachers what rules are in place in their classrooms and how to communicate these rules to your students.

 

Some teachers will have rules in the native language posted in their classroom. Others will use body language to show disapproval. The method used will vary from teacher to teacher, but in the end the important thing is that guidelines and rules are set and clear. This will make your teaching experience much more productive and fun.

 

A side note when discussing rules and consequences. Special favoritism is not looked upon well when teaching in a foreign country. Preference for students and letting some students slide while others are punished should be avoided. You will lose face and respect in front of the class if you start doing this.



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