An English Club is the authentic place where both teachers and learners use English in context and where both of them establish connections. An English club is not limited to a teacher, a group of students or even to a school. It goes beyond this.
To set up your English Club in your middle or high school, the following steps should be taken into consideration:
1– Post a notice and a sign-up sheet on the wall of your class or on the lobby of school where all students can see. Make sure they write their names, classes and emails so that you can contact them easily.
2– Other English teachers should be informed and should help in the process of setting up the club and in the coordination.
3– Call for an introductory meeting. It is a very important phase where all the students select their club board: president, vice president, secretary general, vice secretary general, treasurer, vice treasurer, consultants.
4– Once the club board is elected. Hold a meeting with it to establish routines and agree on the action plan and the objectives of the club.
5– Write a report to your administration with in which you state the objectives of the club, the board names and the action plan.
6– You can arrange the club’s meetings once a week, Fridays or Saturdays’ afternoons.
7– Start your first activity or session with games and funny activities to attract students to join the club.
8– The number of students who attend the club shouldn’t worry you. You can start with a small number.
9– Create sub-clubs; such as: Drama Club, Writing Club, Reading Club, Cinema Club, etc… so that students vary their resources and shape their talents.
10– Make sure to record all the activities, create a Facebook page for your club and encourage students to keep a portfolio for their productions.