Teachers need to assist students in taking an active and involved role in their language learning. A great first step is to create a classroom culture and climate that promotes communication, collaboration, respect and responsibility. Once this is established students will be more comfortable taking risks in speaking the language and not be afraid of making mistakes.
My students agree to try their best to keep to a “classroom contract” that is posted in the room and referred to as needed. The major themes are:
-I take risks
-I take responsibility
Here is the English translation of the French contract in the photo:
-with my teacher when I have questions and/or when I need help.
-about vocabulary that I know and I don’t use a translator.
-about tools that I have.
-the cultures, ideas and opinions presented in class and I understand that my way is one possibility and not the only way.
-with my classmates.
-with the goal of learning from my classmates and helping when I can.
I take risks…
-by participating in class (in French), even when I am not absolutely sure.
I take responsibility…
-by arriving to class with my materials (book, notebook, homework, a positive attitude).
-by arriving on time and ready to be a part of the classroom community.