- Do your research. There are many books out there geared towards teachers who teach beginners. If you're teaching children try reading teaching English to young learners.
- Explain things again. Most people aren’t going to grasp a concept on the first try.
- Review. Do this daily and allow for different situations such as individual, pairs, small groups, and the whole class. You can find lots of material for lesson plans online.
- Be patient. While some students are ready to make mistakes and start talking, others are perfectionists who want to make sure they can say something perfectly before they say it.
- Give students more time. Wait and then wait some more. Don’t worry if you have to wait 30 seconds or a minute to have someone respond since they’re thinking of how to say it.
- Give homework. If you give homework the students will review what they learnt in class.
- Forget the slang. Learn to speak properly and enunciate your words.
- Give compliments. Let your students know that they are doing well. Have them save their past work so that they can see the progress they’ve made.
- Make learning fun. There are plenty of websites and material out there to make your class a blast.
- Use technology. From games to online tests, there’s loads to choose from. Try assigning an online test or game for homework.
- Enroll in a language course. This is the best way to empathize with your students. You’ll know how they feel if you feel the same way. You’ll understand that learning a language requires a lot of time and effort. Try Speak From Day 1.
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Updated 14 July 2013
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