Tuesday 17 June 2008

How to Teach Mixed Level Classes

Updated 18 January 2012 

Most classes have mixed level students. Knowing how to teach mixed level classes can make all the difference in the world. Below you can find some tips to help you get started. 
  • Go online. You can find lots of material for lesson plans online.
  • Pair weaker students with stronger students. Both students benefit in this situation.
  • Do research. Check out ebooks to help you get started.
  • Call on everyone. Give the weaker students a chance to participate as well.
  • Keep silent. By keeping silent after asking questions you’ll give students a chance to put together their answer.
  • Projects. Not only will they get the chance to meet other people, but they will also learn valuable group working skills.
  • Routines. They make students comfortable and will lessen the need for explanations.
  • Have sequential material. Make different questions according to the levels.
  • Give students choices. Offer students a choice whether for homework or projects. By giving students choices, they take responsibility for their learning and can choose the activity that will challenge them the most.
  • Use students to help. Students can pass out papers and even help explain exercises.
  • Create activity corners. Think of a couple of activities that students can do on their own or with a small group. You could have listening, speaking, problem solving, a game, a song, in different areas around the room etc.
  • Divide the class. When presenting a new topic some students might understand very quickly. After presenting send those who understand to the back to work on exercises. You can give more examples to those who don't.
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