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TESOL: Using Songs with Adult Learners

Teaching English with SongsWhy teach English with songs? Songs are an excellent tool for learning English while having fun. They can be used to learn or practice the target language in a motivating and enjoyable way.

Many teachers think that using songs in the classroom is only for young learners, or as a means for motivating teens. While it is true that children learn most by doing and singing, and teens love learning the lyrics of their favourite singers or bands, songs work equally well with adult learners.

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8 Tips for Teaching English to Beginners

Teaching English to BeginnersTeaching English to Beginners may seem like a challenge at the start, but these tips can help. You may find (like me) that this is your favourite level to work with!

1) Keep it Simple

Pay careful attention to your language in class. Use simple sentence structure, and avoid long explanations.  Try to use materials that are visually uncluttered, too. This will help learners focus on the key information.

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Overcoming Culture Shock in TESOL

Culture shock is a series of feelings that travellers experience when they encounter the new and unfamiliar culture of a different city or country. Four stages have been identified in the process of experiencing culture shock:

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TESOL: How to Teach Listening Skills

Teaching listening skills issues and solutionsListening comprehension is an area that many students feel they need improvement in. They feel lost when they have to deal with English outside the classroom, and don’t always feel that they are making progress fast enough.

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No Prep/Low Prep ESL Activities

Having some ESL activities ready to use at a moment’s notice can help you feel more relaxed in the classroom. No matter how experienced you are as a teacher, there are always those days when things just don’t seem to work out as planned. Here are a few suggestions for some low-prep materials that you can use again and again:

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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.

Classroom Activities for Teaching English and Culture – Communicative Approach TESOL

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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Correcting Mistakes

Error correction is a very important part of teaching a language. ESL teachers have to know when to correct mistakes and how to do it effectively. This article will teach you why students make mistakes, how to reflect on the types of mistakes that students make, and what you can do to help them improve. You will also find various links to other resources on error correction in the ESL classroom.

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Teaching Large ESL Classes: Managing Class Discussions

Managing class interaction during a class discussion when teaching a large ESL classSometimes it can be difficult in large ESL classes to get students to speak up and participate in class discussions, so teachers will often have students form smaller groups for speaking activities.  There are occasions, though, when a whole class discussion can really take off if students are enthusiastic about a topic and are eager to participate.

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Teaching Vocabulary: Journals

When ESL learners are asked to discuss their weaknesses in English, many will mention “lack of vocabulary” as an important concern.  Contrary to what most students believe, a teacher cannot actually “teach” them new vocabulary.  A teacher can present and explain words from classroom activities, but the responsibility of actually learning new words lies mainly with the students.  Vocabulary journals are one popular approach that teachers use to help students with this challenging aspect of language learning.

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