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Re: Teaching ESL for first time with no ESL traini

Posted By: Global Teacher
Date: Wednesday, 20 February 2013, at 2:16 p.m.

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

First, ascertain what your employer wants you to achieve with this class. Is it a general English class or one for specific purposes? Secondary, if the students are not complete beginners have they been divided into levels through a diagnostic test? These tests consist of 50 multiple choice questions that examine student knowledge of grammatical constructions. If it is a General English class they will progress through mastering a basic list of about 150 different types of conversations, basic written criteria (job applications, rent agreements, health and safety regulations, online bookings etc), listening practice and reading comprehensions. You don’t have to invent your own material or detailed lesson plans as there are numerous series published by Oxford, Cambridge, Longmans and others to follow with DVD’s, CD's workbooks and teacher’s guides (with the lesson plans) that take you from Elementary to Lower Intermediate, Upper Intermediate etc up to Proficiency level in three month/120 hour steps. You must get sets of student books and a teacher’s book. Students don’t like sheaves of photocopies handed out daily.

Perhaps on your first day you should give them a model of public speaking – make them stand up in front of the class and introduce themselves, giving their name, some general facts about their background, where they are from, their education and work experience and what they want to achieve in the class and in the future. You can then get them to refine their delivery by improving eye contact, gestures, using the rising tone to indicate they like the audience, modulating their voice etc. Then allocate a non-controversial subject each such as their country’s economy, geography, fauna, flora, or tourism. That should keep them busy and it would help if you have a camcorder to keep a record of their presentations. You could also allocate them role plays. Hopefully by the next lesson you will have a course book and some additional advice.

It will be easier for you if the class is learning English for a specific purpose.

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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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