Hi! I can certainly use some pointers to help me! thanks for the offer.
I am in my fourth year of teaching at a Chinese boarding high school. I teach 3 different levels: pre-intermediate, intermediate, and foundation (preparing for the IELTS exam and then university at Sussex). I am doing okay at finding ideas to involve the entire class (I cannot break them into groups as they only speak Chinese when I do this, no matter how much language and scaffolding I give them--they revert to MT always). My pre-intermediate and intermediate classes have about 24 students each.
What I'm having trouble with is the students who continue to talk when other students are trying to talk (and no, they are not practicing English with their neighbor). Should I excuse them with a worksheet to do (pertaining to the lesson) to be completed and turned in to me when they are ready to rejoin the class? Any ideas to keep the kids quiet so we can continue the lesson would be appreciated! I don't want to send them to the hall because I'm afraid that's too easy for them. Any ideas?