Most classroom teachers would agree that a student who feels good about himself is more likely to succeed. Of course that is easily said than done. For students language learning involves trying hard, exposing themselves and making mistakes. Students may experience self-doubt, uneasiness or fear. Adult students often have to deal with other pressures too. They have very little time to study or feel they have to get a certificate for their cv, ect
Teachers know by instinct that classes work well if students get on with one another. When teachers can create a non-threatening classroom environment where mistakes are viewed as a chance to learn and students’ contributions are valued, students begin to learn. Class becomes a team and students feel the need to contribute. Learning becomes an adventure that students share.
Students can learn a lot and support each other in the learning process. Cooperation and acceptance reduces stress in class and allows people to do their best. “Stay connected with class, if you happen to miss a session”, I told students at the beginning of the year. Now I know that they call each other about homework assignments, use the social media to communicate, review material together.
The sharing, and motivation I was aiming at, has taken on a life of each own. It has even extended outside class; they have become friends and do things together. So taking English classes has become a positive experience that makes life richer.