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5 Tips for ESL Teachers in the Classroom


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5 Tips for ESL Teachers in the Classroom

  1. 1. 5 Tips for ESL Teachers inthe Classroomby the English School of Canada
  2. 2. IntroductionSo you’ve decided or been asked to teach ESL (English as a SecondLanguage)? First of all, being a native speaker and having a great command ofEnglish does not automatically make you a great teacher. Teaching is as muchabout knowledge and ability as it is practical skills and experience of the craft.If the prospect of giving a course looks scary at first, don’t pull your hair out justyet. In this presentation, we will give you 5 tips that will help you start yourjourney on the right foot and pass that test with flying colors.
  3. 3. Tip 1: Get Your References Ready“Knowing" why a verb is conjugated a certain way is very different fromknowing HOW to explain it to someone with no English background.That is why you need to get your hands on reference books (grammar,especially) for support.
  4. 4. Tip 2: Start EasyMost of us don’t realize it, but we are so used to speaking English thatwe have no idea how fast we may sound to people who are new to thelanguage. When you start a class, be sure to speak slowly andarticulate every word in order for everyone to understand what you say.Repeat difficult words and when you do, ask them all to pronounce itwith you.Also, use basic vocabulary so as to not confuse your students. It isalready hard enough for them to follow you at first. Increase your speedand your choice of words as they get used to your voice.
  5. 5. Tip 3: Use PropsThe best way to get students involved in a classis to use visual aids. It could be drawings or posters.But the best option is still to ask every student tobring with him/her personal pictures. You can then askthem to describe those photos in their own words:What were they doing? what clothes were they wearing?When the students have an emotional connection to the subject athand, they will generally be more invested and focused.
  6. 6. Tip 4: Get Them to TalkApart from using props, one surefire way to keep your studentsinvolved and ensure that they progress is to solicit their participationwhenever possible. When all they do is listen to you and adopt apassive posture (as is usually the case in regular schools), theygenerally lose interest, which impedes their learning.That is why you have to use any opportunity to have them join in andpractice their English. If someone is sick or has missed a day of school,use that excuse to start a conversation on how to stay healthy. If astudent has recently had a birthday, ask everyone what was the bestpresent they ever got…
  7. 7. Tip 5: Movies & MusicThis tip could be used when you have already had your class for sometime. It can help in reigniting their interest. Movies and music can begreat teachers. Many people learn a language by themselves just bywatching TV or by listening to thousands of songs.Take a page out of their book and apply this method to your students.You could, for example, take a famous song and cut it in smallerchunks and analyze it with your students.You could also try and find TV shows with subtitles in their nativelanguage. Have them watch an entire episode and then have the classspeak about what they saw afterwards.
  8. 8. ConclusionTeaching English as a second language might be a challenge, but ifyou use proven methods and engage students with interesting andentertaining content, then you should have no problem ensuring theirprogress.
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