Teaching Tips

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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.

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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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Using plays in the language class

Using plays or drama in the language classroom can be both enormously rewarding and enjoyable for teachers as well as students.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Using video 2

Video is a great resource to use in class and there are an endless number of ways to exploit it to create motivating, memorable classes with a high level of language production.

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Motivation 2 - The Teacher

Who were your favourite teachers at school or college?

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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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Adapting materials for different age groups

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

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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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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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Recycling vocabulary

Did you know that you have to see a new word at least five times before you can usually use it and include it in your 'active' vocabulary?

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Question techniques and strategies

The way you use questions to engage with your students can have a big effect on your lesson. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your questions.

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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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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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Reluctant talkers Part 2

This second part of the tips for reluctant talkers focuses on your skills as a people manager.

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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.

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Short projects to get them talking

There’s nothing like a group project to get students talking.

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Strategies for keeping attention

Keeping students' attention and stopping them from getting distracted is a big challenge.

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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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The First Class

Before going into your first class with a new group you may feel a little nervous. It can be quite daunting to stand up in front of people if you are not used to doing so.

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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 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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