Challenges of Teaching Small Classes
Timing: Activities finish quickly, so teachers may need to prepare more lessons and games.
Distractions: Pairs can get distracted easily since they can hear what each other are saying.
Attendance: If a few students do miss a class, planned lessons can occasionally flop. For example, you may plan a lesson that requires pair work, and then find that only three of your six students come to class.
Fillers: Teachers must always have plenty of fillers on hand for times when lessons or activities get completed quickly.
Boredom: Students may become bored working with the same pairs or groupings all of the time. There may also be less energy in the room in a small class.
Anxiety: While you will likely feel more comfortable teaching in a small class, shy students who are used to blending into a large class may be uncomfortable participating. You will have to take special measures to help them gain confidence.
Activities not always suitable: Some activities in textbooks, such as debates or role-playing, may not be possible if a class is very small. You will have to spend some preparation time adapting textbook activities