Food is always a fun topic to teach English, especially if you have a very multicultural class. The best way to engage the students is to continuously bring the discussion back around to the food and restaurant experience in their country. You will be amazed at what you learn about cultural traditions and different students’ perspective on the food they eat. In this article, our star graduate explains how she supplements the FCE Oxford textbook with communicative activities and authentic material.
The FCE Oxford Press textbook acts as a good guide for teaching each topic, but it is not necessarily something to be depended on to engage your students. The activities presented in the textbook are often dry and lack excitement. Many of the topics are often outdated as well so teachers must find more modern and up-to-date material to work with. If we put ourselves in our students’ shoes, who really wants to sit in a chair staring at a textbook for 4-5 hours?! Here are a few ways you can supplement the FCE textbook with fun and engaging activities.
About the author: Clare Esler completed the 120-hour TESOL Certificate Course and a 20-hour Practicum
The reasons for having a textbook can be varied; maybe it was chosen by the Director of Studies or maybe you, as a teacher, insisted on having a textbook for the class. Whatever the reason, it is adamant that teachers are aware that the textbook is not ‘the be all and end all’ of your class. This article explains some of the advantages and disadvantages for using a textbook in the ESL classroom, and shows solutions for using textbooks effectively.
It is quite tempting to rely solely on an ESL textbook under the assumption that it works well for our students because it has been tried by professionals. The reality is that the material in the textbook often looks or sounds forced and unnatural, so it becomes necessary to supplement the textbook with authentic material. In this article I will tell you how to choose authentic material for each level.
-The 250-hour TESOL Diploma will teach you how to improve the curriculum with authentic material-