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in classes large

in classes large:

   Classes of 50-75 students are not uncommon: "especially in English language learning"

  * How do large classes affect an instructorâ s ability to teach, and a studentâ s ability to learn?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The best way to differentiate in a large group like this is to allow students to self-select. For example, you can create an assignment with three or four choices that range in difficulty level from relatively easy to hard. Students choose the level that's most appropriate. You can also give a pre-test and assign activities based on the sores.
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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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It's hard for me to imagine a class that large being effective, but that's because I enjoy teaching by asking questions, engaging in conversation, and getting to know my students as individuals.  I think it would be difficult to do these things in a large class.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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One pro of a large class is that students must learn to do things on their own. Students in large classes will not have the individual attention seen in smaller classes. This fact also raises a con of large classes: students do not get as much individual attention.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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When we're talking about langauge learning, this is particularly detrimental.  Good language classes involve lots of opportunities to speak the language.  In a class this size, each student is going to have few chances to speak if the instructor calls on everyone equally (as often happens in such classes) to say example sentences.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In such large classes, the teacher must direct instruction to the median student, an instruction that may be too difficult for some to understand.  Also, there is no diagnostic instruction in which the teacher directs a lesson at what individuals are weak  Instead, if there is any diagnostic instruction given, it is based solely upon the majority.  Most of all, the lack of individuality in instrtuction is detrimental to many students because they are not helped and given personal attention, and because many feel that no one is interested in them and, therefore, become lost.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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It is extremely difficult to differentiate the curriculum for such a large class, and establishing relationships can be difficult too. The range of teaching styles are also limited as there would be little scope for regular individual feedback, target setting and reviewing of areas challenging to individuals. Large classes mean that students are less confident and able to express themselves as individuals and teachers are less able to facilitate the needs of teh individual. Teaching becomes more of a lecture scenario.

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drahmad1989 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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large number decrease concentration as well as division of time for each student so this loss interest both student and teacher.

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