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

Proverbs and Idioms

This is a tip all about teaching your students proverbs and idioms. 

Monitoring

When your students are on-task and engaged in a speaking activity where are you and what are you doing?

Having fun with dialogues

Many assistants work with learners who need controlled practice. They can gain confidence in speaking through using scripted dialogues.

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.

Using film and video clips

Film and video are very effective ways of both motivating our students and helping them to understand language, but they do need to be used with care and an understanding of some of the dangers and potential involved.

Motivating the students

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

Jazzing up grammar

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

Getting adults and children to talk

Both adults and children need practice at talking to be able to develop their speaking skills, but that things that stimulate them to talk are often quite different.

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Jazzing up grammar

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

A multi-level writing class

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

Getting adults and children to talk

Both adults and children need practice at talking to be able to develop their speaking skills, but that things that stimulate them to talk are often quite different.

Using Graded Readers

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

Using film and video clips

Film and video are very effective ways of both motivating our students and helping them to understand language, but they do need to be used with care and an understanding of some of the dangers and potential involved.

How to exploit Essential UK

In this teaching tip you'll find out how best to understand and exploit the materials supplied on the Essential UK part of the site.

Monitoring

When your students are on-task and engaged in a speaking activity where are you and what are you doing?

Lesson Planning

As a language assistant, when you are faced with planning whole lessons on your own for the first time it can seem like a daunting task.

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Motivating the students

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

Motivation 2 - The Teacher

 Who were your favourite teachers at school or college?

Proverbs and Idioms

This is a tip all about teaching your students proverbs and idioms. 

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.

Realia

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

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?

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.

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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Bruno Levy

I found the pieces of advice on how to discipline students who have misbehaved in class very...
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M Amin

Useful.
Thank you


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mr.scott

This is a really good place to start.

I really appreciate how most of the rules are worded...
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