7 Reasons to Participate in Language Class
You already know that class participation is important. But do you know why it's important? Here are 7 reasons to participate!
1. Boost Your Energy
Participating in a language class may seem like a scary thing to do. Your heart starts beating faster and you start to sweat. But after you ask or answer a question, you will feel a rush of energy. If you get tired or bored in class, participating will help you stay alert.
2. Set the Focus
When you are an active participant, your teacher can't help but get to know you. The more you participate, the better your teacher will understand your needs. This means your teacher can help you focus on language targets and content that you want and need to learn.
"The future belongs to you, but it can only belong to you if you participate and take charge."
3. Increase Your Confidence
The first time you answer a question, you may worry you'll get it wrong. The next time, you may still feel a bit nervous, but you'll gain confidence each time you give it a whirl. Before long, you'll be comfortable speaking up in class, and your bravery will start to carry over into the real world.
4. Make Your Teacher's Day
Nobody wants to talk to an empty room. If you feel uncomfortable asking a question, imagine how your teacher feels when nobody responds (or if the same student responds every time). Make your teacher's day by being an active participant.
5. Learn Faster
The purpose of learning a language is to communicate, not to observe. The more you practice using the language, the quicker you'll pick it up. Your active participation will rub off on others in your class too. This will make your language class a setting that is more like the real world.
6. Get Better Grades & Results
Participation improves memory retention. When you remember what you learn, you score better on assignments and tests. Some teachers also give participation marks.
7. Use Your Time Wisely & Get Your Money's Worth
Are you paying for language classes? Money can be a big motivator. Don't waste your time and money by zoning out or coming to class late or tired. Raise your hand and voice and get your money's worth!
How to Participate in an Online Class
- Turn on your microphone.
- Turn on your webcam.
- Ask questions in the chat room.
- Answer questions in the chat room.
- Share feedback/gratitude.
- Offer to help your teacher.
- Offer to help a classmate.
- I have a question about...
- I might know the answer to that.
- I think I can help you with...
- I'm confused about...
- I really liked that activity.
- Thanks for helping me understand...
- I need to learn more about...
Vocabulary & Expressions
- alert: awake
- can't help but: to be unable to avoid
- give something a whirl: to try
- carry over: to continue to exist or apply in a new situation
- make someone's day: to cause a person to have a good day
- pick something up: to learn
- rub off on: to transfer to other people
- get one's money's worth: to receive the value of what you paid
Time to Participate (Leave a Comment)
Should participation be an important part of a student's overall score in a language class? Why or why not? What participation mark (%) would you give yourself for your last language class?