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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.

Teaching English Using the Communicative Approach TESOLThere are many strategies in the Communicative Approach that ESL teachers could employ to teach language and culture at the same time.  What’s important to keep in mind is that the two should be taught simultaneously and at all levels of learning.  Learners begin by becoming familiar with the new culture, progressively moving toward comparisons between cultures, and eventually gaining an in-depth knowledge of both (Sellami, 2000).  The classroom activities described below teach language and culture simultaneously; however, all language lessons have an element of culture in them.

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A good dictionary is very helpful for studying a language. It helps students with meaning, spelling, grammar, and pronunciation.  It is a good idea to use a dictionary which shows all aspects of a word so that students can see how the word is used, and which uses the IPA (International Pronunciation Alphabet) to show how the word is pronounced. Always encourage your students to use an English-English dictionary, especially at a pre-intermediate level and above.

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ARCS Motivating ESL StudentsESL learners come into the classroom with a wide variety of proficiency, backgrounds, and expectations.  These factors, and others, influence the motivation learners have to invest time and effort in their learning.  There are many things that a teacher can do to motivate learners while teaching in the classroom, but it is also very important to consider learner motivation when planning instruction.

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Teaching writing skills and teaching speaking skillsIf you are teaching writing, especially for learners with academic goals, it can be very helpful to explore some of the differences between spoken and written language with your class.  Although misunderstandings in spoken communication can be negotiated and overcome, even small inaccuracies in written language can present barriers to effective communication.  This need for grammatical and lexical accuracy is one reason why most L2 learners find academic writing to be the most difficult skill to learn.

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