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~~Stand up/Sit Down: Young children enjoy this simple game. Give a command and the children respond as quickly as possible. Then give the wrong command i.e. stand up when they are already standing etc. This can be adapted into a Simon Say type game where the children respond only when the caller says ‘please’. Children can take the teacher’s role. Greetings Theatre: Every lesson should begin with greeting but they can also be used as an acting/drama game. Have two or more children walking around the table in opposite directions. When they meet each other they must greet each other. This
~~1. Establish ground rules from the first day of class and be clear, consistent and fair throughout 2. Remember the learners' names. Encourage them to use and remember their classmates' names. Use their names often when teaching (ie. talking to them, making requests, TPR exercises, learners passing back notebooks or workbooks, playing games, etc.) 3. Show them what to do. Don't explain. Just do. They will follow your lead. English needs to be experienced, not explained. 4. Encourage trust between you and the learners. Through your actions show them that you will never embarrass them for m
~~Talking about the future in English can be difficult as technically there are no future tenses in English. The future is not fixed – it does not exist yet. So in English we use a number of forms and structures to express the future. It is usually the degree of certainty about the future decides our choice of structure or tense. But the distinction between choices is not always clear. Native speakers of English vary their future forms depending on: * variety, to avoid repetition * formality, use “will” instead of “going to” * type of text, “will” is generally used to make weathe
‘Always do a warmer’ is a standard part of the EFL mantra, but why should we do them and what type of activity should they be? The rationale for doing a warmer: * The ice breaker. Often recommended with new students and classes but it actually applies to all students. People will communicate more easily if they feel familiar and comfortable with the person they are talking to. For new classes, warmers provide the chance to get to know their new classmates, to find something out about them. For existing classes, students often have no contact with each other outside of class so they will st
Teaching English, like writing, is one of those occupations that people consider a fall-back option. In countries where English is not a native language, there is great demand for good English teachers. In places like these, it's quite common to hear unemployed graduates, new retirees or unhappy office workers saying, "Well, I could always teach English...", but is proficiency in English all it takes to be a good ESL instructor?
You have been assigned to a school. Now follow the tips for a successful student teaching experience. These suggestions will show you how to become a professional and could lead to a full time teaching position. These tips also apply to pre-student teaching candidates who are in the classroom for a shorter time.