Student-Centered Approach to Classroom Management in English Language Teaching

Nona KERDIKOSHVILI

Abstract


The purpose of this article is to investigate how classroom management and discipline problems can be dealt with in a student-centeredway. The term “classroom management” refers to the procedures, strategies, and instructional techniques teachers use to manage studentbehavior and learning activities. Effective classroom management creates an environment that is conductive to teaching and learning. Itis the most important - and the most difficult-skill a novice teacher has to master. Even experienced teachers often find themselves facedwith a student-or an entire class- who challenges their established management skills and forces them to find new ways of dealing withclassroom situations. A survey was held. The goal of the survey was to find out how well aware are school teachers in Georgia of issuesof effective classroom management. I also intended to find out whether teachers hold teacher-centered or student-centered views onclassroom management. Time management was emphasized. The results showed that, although student-centered approach to classroommanagement in English Language Teaching has already gained popularity among English teachers in Georgia, much still has to be doneto be able to say that our classroom are managed in a student-centered way.

Keywords


allocated time; engaged time; time on task; participation structures; self-control; procedures; rules; action zone; overlapping; maintaining a group focus; movement management; hostile response style; assertive response

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