You are standing at the interactive white board right next to some text. There are subtle ways in which this is different to everyone referring heads-down to their own print version in front of them on the desk. Here is one.
The simplest pieces of advice are sometimes the best and hardest to follow. This is one of them. I need to relearn this every single course.
Move around and get up close while your students are doing pairwork or groupwork.
This is an idea for keeping pre-experience students focussed and speaking in English when working in groups. I hope it is the first of many posts on this very important topic.
Pairwork is seen as a key element in the communicative approach. But is it always the best option?