Hello, I am desperately trying to find teaching methods and activities for working with large classes in high school in China.
I have a tefl teaching background of 1 years experience and have just started a post facilitating oral english to high school students they are between 15 and 17 years old. Classes are between 32 and 48 students. Class rooms vary from some room to move to no room to move. Their level is somewhere around pre-intermediate but some are much lower than that and some are much better, but they are grouped all together by year and not by ability.
My main query is this - standard group work or pair work can't be used effectively due to the class size, I can 't monitor each group in the 40 mins once a week I have with each class. As I go around and talk with groups the other groups revert back to speaking in Chinese and go off the activity, only resuming when I get round to them.
How can I engage all the students all the time even when I can't give individual groups my attention? I have some ideas for lessons, but I have no course book and no structure - my brief is just to get them to practice their oral english. Around half the students in each class are disinterested anyway. I don't want my lessons to become a good opportunity for the students to rest, sleep and chat with friends!!
I haven't found much in the way of large group activities or methodology for approaching this kind of class. It's completely different to what I have done previously.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.