JOSHUA BERNSTEIN -

LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR THE SEMESTER AHEAD: A PRACTICAL APPROACH : ELT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The adage “you don't get a second chance to make a first impression” is especially true when it comes to the first day of class. It is on the first day of class students form a lasting impression of both the course/instructor and a tone for the rest of the semester is set. It is therefore necessary to consider what steps instructors can take to encourage a welcoming, engaging and inclusive classroom. Through the use of autoethnography this presentation offers a reflection of the author’s own experience teaching in Thailand and how the purposeful use of a first day presentation can help lay the groundwork for the semester ahead. Further, it reviews the literature on the importance of the first day of class and offers a practical guide for teachers.

Joshua D. Bernstein is a lecturer at the Language Institute, Thammasat University, Thailand. His research focuses on analyzing volunteerism is/as performance, the TEFL/TESOL industry, and alternative/sustainable tourism.