There has been a long debate about whether student should be grouped in a small size class when they are learning language. Some people support that small class seems better for language education while others disagree that the number of people is a key factor of language learning. I side with the former view as it is more reasonable.
As we know, in a small class, usually less than six students, teachers can adjust materials and teaching methods more easily according to students’ aptitude and need. For example, different students have different weaknesses in terms of English learning. Some students want to know how to build a big vocabulary but others may feel confused about the grammar. In this case, teachers in small class can control their teaching paces to ensure every student can improve their English level. Moreover, small class grouping is based on students’ similar abilities; therefore, these students are more likely to enjoy a common topic of conversation. By exchanging knowledge , they can make more progress toward their language setting.
For those students with great drive, they can learn well no matter how many people in a class. However, most students will reduce their learning efficiency in a big class. This is because in a big class, students who lack confidence will seldom talk in front of others when they are learning a new language. Besides, teachers will consider more about the class atmosphere instead of students’ personal practical need since they are more like to give a presentation in a big class.
In my opinion, the number of students in one class is an influential factor to language learning. Students can get more chance to communicate with teachers and peers in their target language.