I've been brought in to teach 17 teenagers from the eastern bloc. The last teacher quit because of stress and in some ways I can see why.
I am a newly qualified CELTA teacher, and today was my 1st day teaching a real class.
I didn't have any lesson plan prepared as theappointment was very short notice..So I kind of just led a conversation class with them. By the end of our 3 hour slot, I still had 17 students in the classroom i.e noone had left and I didn't feel distraught. So that's a result I suppose.
The group all know each other and have a pretty good grasp of English. Upper Intermediate - I'd say. How do I get them to not talk over each other and actually pay attention. They shout, speak in their own language, mobile phones go off etc. This is despite me setting rules at the beginning forbidding all this.
Does anyone have any pointers. I guess this is about classroom management. Is it just wishful thinking to believe that if go in with a structured lesson plan tomorrow, I'll have less trouble?