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Helping Learners Become Independent

What is independent learning?

Independent learning is:

Reflective: students think about what they have learned and what it means

Connected: students make connections between what they are learning, what they know already, and what they experience in the world outside the classroom

Self-directed: students do not wait  for the teacher to tell them what to learn- they are read to create learning experiences on their own

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Communicative TESOL – Teach Science In The ESL Class?

Teaching English communicatively requires creativity and good authentic materials.

Your educational background and interests play an important role in becoming a better ESL teacher, but you don’t necessarily need to be a science major to teach difficult science topics. Browsing the science section of the local newspaper will lead you to interesting and fun articles that you can use in the ESL classroom.

Communicative TESOL goes beyond teaching ESL.  The Communicative Approach is the most effective method for teaching a language because students study the language in real context and it helps them expand their knowledge of the world using the English language. Communicative TESOL is both fun and effective.

Social media sites such as You Tube and Facebook are excellent for finding great authentic materials. You Tube provides millions of free documentaries, songs, and movies, and Facebook pages feed updated material to your account.

The Upper/High Intermediate Level Learners

Learners who have reached the Upper/High Intermediate level are familiar with the main structures of the English language and have acquired a very good level of fluency and accuracy. However, they still make mistakes in some basic areas: tense usage, prepositions, clauses, and verb forms (gerunds and infinitives, for example). They also have a good level of vocabulary and have a good command of the major skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.  That being said, teachers can help learners at this level to progress by taking into account the needs described below.

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