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Re: Teaching ESL for first time with no ESL traini

Posted By: Cristina
Date: Sunday, 24 February 2013, at 6:45 p.m.

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

Hi there!!!

As you are to teach students from different levels you have to consider different activities according to different proficiency levels. With beginners what you have to do is to focus in BICS (Basic interpersonal communication skills), which is to teach them English to "survive" in an English speaking country. You can do it by using communicative tasks. You can take to the classroom different elements that help you represent real situations (shopping, taking a bus, going to the bank, an interview, asking for a favor, etc) Be sure that this kind of activities will be meaningful and will actŪvate motivation and lead them remember easily vocabulary and expressions. Give them chunks that enable them communicate by themselves latter.
With intermediate and advanced learners you might focus on CALP (Content and Academic language proficiency)which is kind of ESP (English for specific purposes) Again, tasks... roleplays where they try to do what they usually do in their job but using English. Laws, procedures, common questions and situations for their profession. Moreover, take into consideration the use of key vocabulary and provide them with strategies to remember vocabulary easier and opportunitites to practice outside the classroom. You can use voice recorders (vocaroo.com) or voicethread or wikis(pbwork) or any kind of technological tolos that Foster autonomous learning.
Being a teacher is not easy but is not imposible and I am sure you can do a good job if it is your desire ;)

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Teaching ESL for first time with no ESL training..
Jacob -- Wednesday, 20 February 2013, at 4:51 a.m.
Re: Teaching ESL for first time with no ESL traini
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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