Classroom Tips

Updated 31 December 2014

Lesson Planning
If need help finding material to plan your lesson, take a look at lesson planning links. To make your classes fun, try playing some games or using videos. You should also read these tips on teaching grammar and vocabulary. Some schools are shunning books in the classroom. Others continue to use crummy books. Schools that do this really ought to make use of the native English speakers who are working there.

You can learn about the 4 skills by reading about how to teach reading (and extensive reading), writing, listening, and speaking (as well as pronunciation). Both students and teachers often struggle with writing, but thankfully there's lots of info online. Visit if you have any problems with writing term papers. Don’t forget about having your students study at home. Homework is necessary so that students can review what was done in class.

You will have to testing and assess your students throughout the class giving your students test taking tips and using rubrics will help. Many students will ask you how they can improve their English, here are tons of tips for them. Here are 10 exam tips for teachers. While some teachers dread exam week, I love midterms and finals.

Classroom Management
No matter what level you teach, you’ll have to discipline your students and learn if and when correct their errors. You can help your students by creating autonomous students. This will really help you out in large classes. Making classroom rules can be done with your students. You'll also need to decide whether or not you're going to take attendance in class. Many teachers are starting to use enhanced lectures and uploading videos of teachers teaching in the classroom. Dogme and CLIL are becoming the new buzzwords in TEFL.

Keeping control of a classroom can be difficult, but I've learnt to do so without shouting in class. Lots of TEFL teachers enjoy using songs in class and role-plays in class. Other teachers believe in teaching without emotion. Learn how to vary your feedback and do comprehension checks with your students. People disagree about what their students should call them. I've had students call me sir even though I'm a woman.

Differences Within the Classroom
Different students learn differently. There are some important things to take into consideration when teaching boys vs. girls. Students’ age also impacts how they learn. Try reading age and language and teaching young learners to find out more. You might also have to deal with parents, especially if you teach younger students. Here are 7 tips for teaching teens and 10 tips for teaching adults. Teaching beginners and intermediate students can be fun and rewarding though it can be challenging if your students can't read Latin script. Teaching advanced students also has its challenges.

There are pros and cons to using visual aides in the classroom. More often than not you’ll end up with teaching some type of mixed level classes and understanding about learning styles will help both you and your students. There are many theories about learning styles such as VAK, Kolb, Meyers-Briggs and Keirsey, Gardener, Honey and Mumford, Gregorc, Dunn and Dunn, Dale's Cone of Experience, Bloom's Taxonomy, and the Learning Pyramid.


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