I’m Becca, and I’m going to give you ideas, thoughts and examples of English Boards you can do in your school.
There are a few tips that I want to pass onto you right now:
First, make it simple. Simple sentences are the best. These are the sentences your students will understand. And if they understand them, they will be able to read them, and if they read them, they will learn new, and exciting English-y things that you want to teach them!
Second, use pictures. The more pictures you have, the more it will catch your students’ eyes. Whitney has a lovely board about phonics and she uses pictures of her mouth and pictures of sumo wrestlers. Students will look at the pictures, and you can trick them into reading English too!
Third, have a purpose to your bulletin boards. Are you doing this just because? Give your boards a reason, and your students will see it. Holidays teach about culture. Grammar helps them in class. Random stuff like American vs British English shows them the people they meet may use different words.
Finally, make sure they would be interested in what you are putting up. You can do this by making a board about One Direction (A crowd pleaser with the girls) or you can do this by putting their own work on the board. I recommend the latter. Whenever I need to teach a grammar point on the board, I make sure to incorporate the students’ work. They want to see if their writing is on the board. If I can make them stop, I can get them to learn.
I hope these were some helpful tips. I’ll be giving specific examples of boards I’ve done soon. And please let me know if you have an awesome board that you would like to share with other ALTs.