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Re: Teaching ESL for first time with no ESL traini

Posted By: spiral78
Date: Wednesday, 20 February 2013, at 9:42 a.m.

In Response To: Teaching ESL for first time with no ESL training.. (Jacob)

Ask them to introduce each other to you. First, establish what information is appropriate (name, job, how long studying English, other languages spoken - yes - age, marital status, number of children - no). Introducing onesself is too easy - if they don't know each other beforehand, give them some time to stand up, shake hands with everyone, and find out what they need to know to introduce someone else. Model this behavior yourself. The exercise also helps to create a working team atmosphere.
Next, ask them to fill out a short written survey asking questions that will help guide you in course development. How long have they been studying English? What do they feel are their strongest/weakest skills in the language? What goals do they have to this course? What are their long-term goals for English use? You could also ask the upper groups to describe things like their most important paper in English so far, and/or when they last used English in a professional context, or for a holiday, or whatever. You can use this to get a baseline idea of their writing, as well. For int/advanced, this can be followed by a ranking task, where the students have to (for example) discuss which survivors on a lifeboat with ten survivors should be sacrificed for the good of the others (such tasks abound on the internet; just google ranking tasks in EFL/ESL). The process of discussion and voting further helps to create a team working atmosphere and such tasks can usually be cut short or extended to fill a wide range of time periods.
Then, you can move to more serious stuff in lesson 2:-)

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Teaching ESL for first time with no ESL training..
Jacob -- Wednesday, 20 February 2013, at 4:51 a.m.
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Stephen -- Wednesday, 20 February 2013, at 3:47 p.m.
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Jacob -- Thursday, 21 February 2013, at 1:02 a.m.
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Global Teacher -- Wednesday, 20 February 2013, at 2:16 p.m.
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Jacob -- Thursday, 21 February 2013, at 1:03 a.m.
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Global Teacher -- Friday, 22 February 2013, at 12:43 p.m.
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Marquis Gibson -- Sunday, 24 February 2013, at 8:31 p.m.
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nomad soul -- Wednesday, 20 February 2013, at 12:29 p.m.
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Jacob -- Thursday, 21 February 2013, at 1:05 a.m.
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spiral78 -- Wednesday, 20 February 2013, at 9:42 a.m.
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ITTP TEFL Prague / Online -- Thursday, 21 February 2013, at 7:14 p.m.
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Jacob -- Thursday, 21 February 2013, at 1:06 a.m.
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Cristina -- Sunday, 24 February 2013, at 6:45 p.m.

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