In past years a few of the students of these courses used to come to me upset, and told me they felt disappointed, because the level they had been placed in was too low, and that they already knew the grammar and other stuff the teacher was presenting in the class-periods.
What to do?
This year the small staff of teachers have reached a solution. Chiefly they help their students to participate more, more times. They make them intervene more frequently.
They let them speak for longer, they listen with interest to what such or such adolescent is explaining, although this message seems unimportant or trivial. The teachers tease them to speak for a longer time, although the student may have serious problems for a communication in English. These professionals put in the student's messages, even they try to view what the student wants to mean and what he can be feeling at that very moment.
Also the teachers prepare the texts beforehand, the night before, having in mind how they can exploit the content so as to provoke more speaking, more eagerness for carrying on saying things.' Photo from www cumbavac org