What is a working wall?
It is a wall in the classroom which the class work from! It can be used in many ways, but essential it acts as a ‘living’, changeable resource. Search for ‘working wall’ or ‘learning wall’ to see some creative examples.
How can we use a working wall in YL ELT?
- To provide a model of good work (e.g. the Success Criteria or a model of a writing task).
- To allow the children to feel their work and successes are valued (e.g. have the group vote on the ‘best’ piece of work from the lesson, and display it on the wall).
- Put your class routines on there. Cards with the names, and a simple poster saying ‘present’ or absent’ can be used for a register routine, for example. The weather also works well, or a visual representation of what day/season it is.
- Introduce or review vocabulary. For example, put flashcards on the wall and cover one or two with paper. Have the children guess which items have been covered. Then next lesson, change which images are covered.
- Show the steps in a task cycle, or in a coursebook unit, in a visual way (e.g. arrows leading towards the outcome).
- Allow children to write questions or comments about the lesson, or the class in general (e.g. ‘It’s Maria Jose’s birthday next week!’ or ‘I lost the game :(‘ ). At the start of the next lesson, talk about these with the class.
What are the benefits?
- The children co-create this wall, so it’s low-prep for the teacher.
- The children will feel a sense of ownership and pride over the wall.
- Once things are created for the wall, they will be used and re-used, saving time in creating resources.
- It makes the classroom brighter, and a more pleasant place to be!