I’m just starting full-time this semester at a university, and I’m facing many of the challenges that I’m sure others have. I’m teaching mainly general English classes for freshman and sophomores, a TOEIC prep class, and a general writing class (all for non-English majors). Any advice on many things:
Many students English is extremely poor to non-existent. My Chinese is not much better. How do we communicate? In addition, most of the textbooks were already chosen by the department, but they are way too advanced for the students real level. What do you do?
Large classes-about 60 students. What are good things to do in working with groups this size? What about basic logistics, such as getting them into groups or pairs?
And perhaps this isn’t an addressable issue, but just to comment on it, I never realized how maxed out the resources are at universities here. No supplies except a portable CD/cassette player, only a couple of computers for the whole department, no office space to even store some papers, and if I want to copy a handout, I have to give it to the class leader and have them do it. It’s crazy. How do you not go broke spending your money on basic supplies or copies?