One of the worst things about professionally published language teaching materials is that they often tend to focus on one particular skill in a fairly unnatural way. Indeed, a lot of language courses even go as far as focusing solely on productive skills. In such courses, reading and listening become secondary skills (while other courses do the exact opposite, of course). Authentic materials, in the other hand, allow teachers to plan for integrated skills lessons.
As many teachers know, ESL students struggle with reading activities, especially those that are reading out loud. Reading activities can be fun! Here are a few different activities for engaging your students and helping them to love reading!
-Get the best training with the advanced 250-hour TESOL Diploma!-
Lesson planning should follow ‘the rhythm of your class’ and your students’ needs. Finding this “flow” will require getting to know your students and the curriculum requirements of the school you teach at. You could get students who benefit greatly from structure or you could get students who need less structure. It is up to the teacher to read the students and to get to know them over time. Here are 3 tips to help you plan lessons that meet your students’ needs.
Teaching English online is very different from teaching in a classroom. The lesson planning skills you acquired in the TESOL certification course will definitely help you to create interactive activities for your students and replace the textbook with songs and videos, but your personality will also make or break your experience teaching English in front of a screen. Teaching online just doesn’t work for some people! This blog we will look at different qualities that online ESL teachers must have in order to succeed.
Often teachers fall back on the direct method when teaching beginner students, as it is difficult to engage them communicatively when they speak little or no English at all. Well, think again! Beginner students can be engaged with such simple tools as photographs and cellphones, which teachers often struggle to tear students away from. This blog will explore communicative activities for teaching beginners in immersion programs and give you step by step guidance to implement these activities in the classroom!
-Get the best training with the 250-hour TESOL Diploma!-
As a new teacher in Toronto, I have worked at a few of the city’s top language schools and I have had the chance to work with both textbooks and technology. Here’s my view on the pros and cons of using technology in the classroom and how teachers can provide the best service to their students.
Gerunds — Parts of speech, but not quite. They are a verb but act like a noun as part of the subject or object of a sentence. It is no wonder this grammatical structure is so confusing for students to understand and even trickier for many ESL teachers to teach! This post will offer a clearer explanation of their function and further resources for how to teach these structures with ease.
-All our TESOL courses include a comprehensive grammar module!-
Task-Based Learning is a teaching methodology that is particularly useful for students learning English for business purposes. Focusing on real-world scenarios, rather than hand-holding through mechanical grammar tasks, empowers adult learners by boosting their confidence and showing them that it’s better to go for it and make a mistake than sit back and be silent. Making an impression and demonstrating one’s confidence and strengths matters in the business realm, and focusing on tasks rather than form has proven to be a great way to facilitate those things in ESL learners.