It takes all kinds to make the world. According to statistics, at least 15% of school children have some problems, both psychological and physical ones. It means that in every class of 25, we have 3-4 problem students. Children are their parents’ mirrors, as well as our own; students often copy their teachers’ behaviour. J.K. Rowling brilliantly showed it with Harry Potter and Dumbledore on the one hand, and Draco Malfoy and Severus Snape on the other hand. She has also taught us that things are often not what they seem: human beings are more complex.
Learners’ writings are one of the best raw materials any teacher can have. With half a page from each learner you’ll find material to work for quite a while on grammatical accuracy, vocabulary range, word choice, clarity and tone, coherence and cohesion, and what have you.
The problem is if you’re strictly following a coursebook, the chances are there won’t be many opportunities to develop writing skills, or there won’t be time to do it.
My one tip:
As a CELTA tutor, one of the main areas I notice candidates struggle with is what to do after a task is complete. How many times have you moved on to a new activity and the students are still asking questions about the previous one? Feedback is essential to give students a sense of closure and to validate what they have just done; otherwise, why did they bother doing it?
Correcting people’s mistakes is not a very natural thing to do. It sometimes feels rude or uncomfortable, and we might well feel quite awkward about doing it. In what situation, other than in a classroom, do we stop people from talking and tell them that they have made a mistake?
Course books are great and no one can deny how helpful they have been to us especially during our first years of teaching. I didn’t know much about methods and approaches when I first started so the course book did everything. However, after teaching for some time, you start making changes to the activities and make them more suitable for your specific context and you finally end up developing your own material from scratch.
Nina MK, Ph.D.
Error Correction and Feedback.
Nina MK, Ph.D.
If you are reading this post, then the blackout has finally ended. At the time of writing, three days have now passed since everything went offline – no internet, no mobile phone service, and only local calls from landlines. Right now, I am well and truly disconnected, possibly for the first time since the last century. Welcome to my offline world.
Vocabulary is dynamically essential for any ESL/EFL learner.desiring to be fluent in English.As for ESL/EFL beginner level learners ,vocabulary is the vital threshold of a strong basis that they have to lean on to learn English .On the other hand, the intermediate level learners have to burn the candle at its end to gain as much information as they can in an attempt to enlighten their labyrinths of achieving fluency.But the advanced level learners have to oxygenate the heart of the vocabulary stocks that they have been trying to store with idiomatic and specialized English to attain compreh
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