If you like to be creative and love to learn but cannot face up to failure, you will not go back and try again. Persistent is associated with bouncing back. If you have a unique idea but don’t like taking risks, ideas is all you will ever have. There must be something in your life that turns you on. You can start by analyzing the lifestyle of your dreams. Remember, money is not a goal, it is a reward for achieving a goal.
Consider your teens’ interests. Imagine you want to discuss last week’s events to practice the past simple tense . Will they be more interested in what President Obama did last week, or which outrageous outfit Lady Gaga wore to an awards show? If you’re not willing to discuss Eminem’s latest album, or any of the Twilight books or films, then you won't connect with your teen students.
Give them 60 seconds to write down as many words as they can related to a topic, like “ clothes ” or “ foods ”. Tell them that whoever finishes a written exercise first or has the most correct answers, gets to choose a video to watch or a song to listen to in class.
Most teens are talented at one thing or another. Take your time to get to know them and discover what these talents are. Students who are artistically-inclined may draw pictures, sketches or cartoons of a story you read out loud to the class.
o get students excited about a reading assignment, make sure you choose material that will pique their interest. Naturally, books or stories about teens are sure to work, but you can also include celebrity biographies , anything sports-related, or any topic that may interest them, but is also up to their reading level.
If you play any of the audio that typically comes with course materials, your teens will most likely tune out and not hear a word. The best way to motivate them to listen is by playing songs. But you should also choose songs they like, or can relate to.
To keep teens focused on the task, choose short interviews, movie trailers, music videos, or how to videos on YouTube.
ESL games motivate any learner whether they are 5 or 50 years old. But with teens, it’s important to choose games that will challenge them, give them the right competitive feel, and help them effectively practice an ESL item. A guessing game or any type of quiz show game should get them motivated.
Me in a bag: Instead of just telling the class about themselves, ask your teens to bring photos, as well as some of their favorite things, like books, CDs, a skateboard, or anything that represents them.
What they don't teach you in school
• Rule 1 : Life is not fair - get used to it!
• Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is
tough, wait till you get a boss.
• Rule 6 : If you mess up, it's not your
parents' fault , so don't whine about
your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get
summers off and very few employers are interested in
helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life. In real life people
actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
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• It is much more likely that our teenage
students will be extrinsically motivated,
meaning that their motivation comes from
external sources such as wanting to pass
an exam or please their parents. The good
news for teachers of teenagers is that
there are many things we can do in the
classroom to increase the levels of