Thursday 14 February 2008

11 Tips for Teaching English to Beginners

Updated 14 July 2013
  1. Do your research. There are many books geared towards teachers who teach beginners. If you're teaching children try reading teaching English to young learners.
  2. Explain things again. Most people aren’t going to grasp a concept on the first try.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Give homework. If you give homework the students will review what they learnt in class.
  7. Forget the slang. Learn to speak properly and enunciate your words.
  8. 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.
  9. Make learning fun. There are plenty of websites and material out there to make your class a blast.
  10. Use technology. From games to online tests, there’s loads to choose from. Try assigning an online test or game for homework.
  11. 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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