In every course you teach, whether it is for adults or children, you should set clear policies for your classroom. You should have a list of policies prepared in advance to give students as a handout or make it part of the course syllabus. It is very important to set the rules on the first day of class so that all students understand the expectations. It is also useful to explain why you have these policies in place as well. The following is a list of recommended policies for adult learners.
1. Arrive to class on time to limit disruptions.
2. Turn off your cellular phone once class begins.
3. Do not get up to take calls during class.
4. Do not bring children to the class.
5. Give full participation in every class.
6. Come prepared with your homework done in advance.
7. Use a variety of language learning strategies at home and in the classroom.
8. Speak (target language) in the classroom as much as possible. Use the clarification phrases when you do not understand.
9. Take notes of things written on the board.
10. No drinks or food in the classroom.
If you are dealing with children, you are going to need some different policies. Here are some ideas:
1. Be respectful of the teacher and other learners. No talking when others are talking.
2. Speak (target language) in the classroom as much as possible. Use the clarification phrases when you do not understand.
3. Raise your hand to speak or ask a question.
4. Use your “inside voice” in the classroom.
5. Come prepared with your homework done in advance.
6. Use a variety of language learning strategies at home and in the classroom.
7. Take notes of things written on the board.
8. Raise your hand to use the restroom when needed.
9. No drinks or food in the classroom.
10. Keep your hands to yourself. No hitting, pushing, or bothering others.
11. Do not throw any objects.
12. Treat others with respect and kindness.
13. Be polite. (Say please and thank you.)
14. Show respect to the property of others and school property.
15. Clean up after yourself.
16. Stay with your class at all times throughout the day.
17. No running.
Establishing clear classroom policies from day one is just one component of creating an effective language learning environment for your students. Look for more articles in the future on this topic at www.stmpublishing.com/language-teaching-blog.