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.

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.

Lesson Planning

When you are faced with planning whole lessons on your own for the first time it can seem like a daunting task.

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.

Using music and songs

Music can play a really important part in the language classroom. It can change the atmosphere in the room within seconds.

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Round up activities

Many lessons at the end of a school year or course involve a summary of what has been covered. Revision activities are useful as they remind students of what they have done and reinforce a sense of learning.

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.

Having fun with dialogues

Many learns need controlled speaking practice. They can gain confidence in speaking through using scripted dialogues.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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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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