Teaching Tips

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Using poems, quotations and proverbs

Learning a language does not just mean saying something new. It helps to also practise saying words and sounds.

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Activities on the theme of summer

If summer holidays are approaching it can be nice to base some of your lessons around this seasonal theme. Here is a selection of activities that you can use at various levels.

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Using cartoons and comic strips

Cartoons and comic strips can be used from beginner level to advanced level for a variety of language and discussion activities.

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Adapting materials for different age groups

This teaching tips looks at how to adapt materials for different age groups.

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Fluency activities for lower levels

Developing spoken fluency with learners at low levels can be very challenging, but here are some tips and activities which may help.

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Realia

'Realia' in EFL terms refers to any real objects we use in the classroom to bring the class to life.

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Using poetry

The reasons for using poetry are similar to those for using songs and many activities that you do with songs can be adapted to poetry.

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Making a class magazine

Class projects can be an excellent way to focus the whole class and get them working together towards a common goal.

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Trivia

Quizzes and trivia games can make a nice change and it may give students who aren't the best at English a chance to shine in another area.

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Using songs

Songs can be a very interesting and motivating source of real life material for your students and one that particularly reaches into 'their' world.

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Student progress

Assistants are not usually expected to carry out formal assessment of their learners with tests or marking. However, students need feedback as they come towards the end of their time with you.

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Fluency activities for higher levels

These activities provide opportunities for learners to speak at length on various lighter topics.

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Using Graded Readers

Graded readers or ‘readers' are books that have had the language level simplified to help second language learners read them.

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Classroom layout

When you’re planning your lessons do you ever think about the layout of the classroom?

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Jazzing up grammar

Making grammar more interesting for students is one of the great challenges any EFL teacher faces.

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Fluency activities for lower levels

Developing spoken fluency with learners at low levels can be very challenging, but here are some tips and activities which may help.

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Motivation 2 - The Teacher

Who were your favourite teachers at school or college?

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Grouping students

When you’re planning your lessons how much time do you spend thinking about how you’re going to group students for the activities in your plan?

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Checking comprehension

Making sure that students understand what is happening in the lesson and that they have understood the language you have taught them can at times be very difficult.

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Christmas tips

Christmas is an excellent theme for adding games and fun to your teaching. Most students enjoy festive lessons if your activities encourage a personal contribution about the students' own families and customs.

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Classroom layout

When you’re planning your lessons do you ever think about the layout of the classroom?

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Dealing with discipline

No matter how interesting and well prepared our lesson may be, it can be ruined by a confrontation with students.

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Drama techniques to get them talking

Drama techniques which focus on getting across meaning with body, as well as words, are very useful for the language classroom.

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End of year activities

These are three activities you can use at the end of a school year or course.

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Error Correction

One of the main dilemmas for teachers giving conversation groups is error correction. It’s always tricky to know when and if to correct students and how to go about it.

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Establishing the ground rules

Good classroom management skills are essential to the smooth and efficient running of any classroom.

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