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Teaching TipsTeaching tips extends the Language Assistant resource manual with more tips and practical hints.

Using Graded Readers

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

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.

Fluency activities for higher levels

Learners beyond intermediate level require more opportunities to speak at length. It can be a challenge to find interesting topics and we can sometimes concentrate too much on issues and topics in the news.

Improving discussion lessons

Have you ever felt you were asking all the questions about students’ opinions? Do you find you are doing more talking in a discussion than your class?

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.

Activities for using magazines in the classroom

Magazines are a rich source of authentic materials and can be very motivating and inspire a wide range of activities.

Introducing yourself to classes

The first lesson and subsequent lessons will be crucial in establishing the atmosphere in your classes and your students’ attitude towards you.

Festive resources

These tips are a pick and mix of classroom activities on a festive/seasonal theme. Secondary and Primary teachers will find there is something for them.

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Activities on the theme of Summer 2

Here’s a second group of tasks to get your students’ in the mood for summer. Some of these tasks are more suited to intermediate learners and up.

Working with teachers in teams

Coming in to a classroom to help an established teacher needs tact and lots of planning. It is not always going to be straightforward working together.

Getting teenagers to talk

Getting teenagers to use English in class and practise their speaking can be a challenging task, but there are some tips and hints which can make the task easier to achieve.

End of year activities

As you come to the end of your placement in a school you may be thinking about what to do in the last few classes with each group.

Activities on the theme of Summer

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

Reluctant talkers 1

Being faced with a class which won't speak can be very disappointing after all your planning. When there are rows of blank faces or questions that nobody will answer it can demotivating.

Trivia

Quizzes and trivia games can make a nice change from more typical EFL style activities and it may give students who aren’t the best at English a chance to shine in another area.

Motivating the students

Keeping your students motivated to learn is one of the biggest challenges any teacher faces.

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A multi-level writing class

This activity is a great writing task to use in the first week or so with a new group.

Activities for first lessons 1

The activities that you use in your first lessons are very important and are likely to set the tone for the rest of your classes.

Activities for first lessons 2

The following activities focus primarily on fluency and are suitable for intermediate level and up. They will give you a chance to get to know the class, break the ice and estimate their language level.

Activities for using magazines in the classroom

Magazines are a rich source of authentic materials and can be very motivating and inspire a wide range of activities.

Activities on the theme of Summer

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

Activities on the theme of Summer 2

Here’s a second group of tasks to get your students’ in the mood for summer. Some of these tasks are more suited to intermediate learners and up.

Adapting materials for different age groups

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

Adapting materials for mixed ability classes

All classes are mixed ability to one extent or another. Extreme cases, when you have near native level speakers with beginners, can be very challenging for the teacher.

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