ESL Teaching and Learning Tips

Re: Running an English Corner -- Silverboy
I would like to warn everyone on here that any "advice" or "suggestions" from Martin Wolff should be ignored. This person is a [edited], a [edited], he has been outed on here and other websites ...

Re: Running an English Corner -- Turnoi, the Only One and Real Turnoi
Martin Wolff's "advice" on English corners should be taken with a heavy pinch of salt. It's just an opportunity to promote his business .- teaching English with movies alone, which I think is ...

Re: tips on teaching english -- Yanni Zack
Violy, In my experience with working with 9 year old ESL students, I have found that when you allow them to chose what they want to read and learn, i.e. make learning fun, they will learn faster and ...

Re: a few things regarding 2 classes -- Yanni Zack
Kate, My suggestion is to first look through this book- there are a lot of great ideas, tips, and resources that teachers in the ESL Field from all levels have posted to share with other teachers. I ...

Re: First time teaching English -- Yanni Zack
Jeff, I would suggest that on the first day of class with your new students in Korea, and depending on their ages, you conduct a mini-assessment of where each person is in their English language ...

Please feel free to ask me questions regarding ESL Teaching issues/Concerns you have -- Yanni Zack
Hello everyone!! After being away from the forum for some time due to my hectic work schedule, I am now able to assist you with your questions/concerns on being an effective TESOL/TEFL teacher in ...

How to be a creative teacher? -- Nada Pal
Hello Ian Nada and Im studying English and I will be teacher I just want to know how can I be an creative teacher thank you
What does it mean to be a "creative teacher"? -- Turnoi
First of all, be clear of what being a creative teacher entails: 1. Be creative in your lesson planning. 2. Be creative in preparing your activities for class. 3. Be creative in implementing in class ...

Tips to Create New Teaching Activities -- Ivana
Are you a teacher? Are your class activities starting to bore you? Do you feel like your students need more encouragement during your lessons? If your answer to any of these questions was “yes”, ...

teaching high schoolers -- Lauren
Hello, I'm looking for advice on how to work with Chinese high school students. I have some experience teaching English language learners at the kindergarten and pre-K levels, but this is the ...
Re: teaching high schoolers -- Turnoi
I have had some very brief experience with Chinese High School students and the school administration myself. Some of the administration people seem to think that foreign teachers who are adults and ...

Teaching skills -- Kaibigan
I am working on my graduation paper in the field of Human Resource Development. For this, I am looking for teaching skills which I can use as a benchmark for Asian schools (more specifically ROC). ...
Re: Teaching skills -- Turnoi
I might be able to help but I need some more information on the context in which teaching skills play a role in Human Resource Development in the ROC. For example, if you want to recruit staff ...

Teaching deaf, non-verbal, illiterate man -- Mary Woodward
I've been asked to give time and "teach" a middle-aged man from Bhutan who is deaf, non-verbal, and illiterate in his own language. So far we have done OK with me miming, and taking photos of him ...
Re: Teaching deaf, non-verbal, illiterate man -- Turnoi
This is really an interesting and decent student you have. In this situation, you could only appeal to his "intuition" and perhaps also his creative mind by showing him the numbers in the written ...

Beginning English in grade 3 -- Tom
I am teaching English in a primary school that begins teaching English in grade 3, with 8-10 year old children. The textbooks used, however, were designed to teach 5-6 year old children beginning ...
Re: Beginning English in grade 3 -- Turnoi
It is somehow strange that the school you are working at does not seem to have the proper student books for it students beyond the Phonics and basic literacy level. You haven't said in which part ...

Re: Reading to Learn English -- Barbara
Greetings, All of your tips were helpful. Can you give me an idea of how to get started teaching/tutoring esl? Sincerely, Barbara
Re: Reading to Learn English -- Dr. Turnoi Turjakuunnen
Barbara, it seems that I found your post a bit late. I am more or less the person having taken over Dr. Yanni Zack's column as he does not post here any longer. I would love to give you some ...

Beginner: Providing ESL services for 7 year old boy -- Jana
Hello...I am currently tutoring a 7 year old boy who is chinese and speaks very little English. I have tutored him for the past 2 years. Last year I worked primarily with him as a volunteer in a ...
Re Beginner: Providing ESL services for 7 year old boy -- Turnoi
Jana, in this case, I would prepare a small report on what your experiences and observations are with this 7 year old boy. Try to be accurate and list the most important points, and try to be brief. ...

Re Running an English Corner -- Teacher#12,123
I've taught at two schools here in China, and have never truly understood why E.C.s exist. I've found that running an English Corner is more closely related to being an entertainer. Anything ...
Re: Re Running an English Corner -- Turnoi
I've taught at two schools here in China, and have never truly understood why E.C.s exist. I've found that running an English Corner is more closely related to being an entertainer. English ...

Re Teaching English at a Kindergarten -- J
Hi Josie, Gees, I'm a teacher at a kindergarten near Hangzhou, well, I teach at 7 different kindergartens. I was pretty much the same as you when I started out. Good of you to post online, I ...

Ontesol TEFL Video: Teaching Grammar Communicatively -- Ontesol.com
Most English teachers feel comfortable teaching a conversation lesson or a lesson that integrates other skills such as listening, reading or writing. They show creativity in those lessons and include ...

Ontesol TEFL Video: Why is Lesson Planning Important? -- Ontesol.com
Lesson planning is the most important section of a TESOL/TEFL course.

Video: Teach Kids English Show #1: Smile -- dreamenglish.com
Today I am talking about a simple idea: smile!

Video: Teaching Kids Warm Ups -- dreamenglish.com

Video: Fun Reading Games for Kids : How to Teach Kids New Words with "Throwing Dice" the Reading Game -- expertvillage
Learn how to teach your kids new words with "Throwing Dice," the reading game for kids, in this free video series on teaching kids to read and like reading.

Video: English Lesson: starting conversation, icebreakers, small talk -- EnglishMeeting
A proactive language learner doesn't wait for someone to tell them to do something - they speak to people in English because they know it will help them advance their language skills. This video ...

Video: W pronunciation & ESL "Misunderstandings" Film -- EnglishMeeting
Pronouncing the /w/ sound correctly in North American English - Mouth positions with the /w/ sound in common words along with sentences and phrases. A short "fun" film follows the lesson that shows ...

Video: "TH" Pronunciation English Meeting ESL Lesson -- EnglishMeeting
Students from around the world enrolled in EnglishMeeting Courses work with Dave Sconda to improve their pronunciation and work on some parts of the course.

Video: Teach English: ESL / EFL Teacher Training Part 1/6 -- GenkiEnglish.net

TEFL Class Video: Teaching Listening Skills To ESL Students in the Classroom - Students' Needs, Activities -- International TEFL Academy
TEFL Instruction: How to Teach Listening in the ESL Classroom. Video series from International TEFL Academy Online TEFL TESOL certification course. Including: - Students' Needs - Listening ...

TEFL Class (video): How to Teach Writing Skills in the ESL Classroom - Process Writing, Text Structure -- International TEFL Academy
TEFL Class Instruction: How to Teach Writing Skills in the ESL Classroom. Video series from International TEFL Academy Online TEFL Course. Including: - Process Writing - Text Structure - Assessment ...

TEFL Class (video): How to Teach Listening Skills in the ESL Classroom - Types of Listening, Difficulties -- International TEFL Academy
TEFL Class Instruction: How to Teach Listening Skills in the ESL Classroom. Video series from International TEFL Academy Online TEFL Course. Including: - Types of Listening - Listening Difficulties ...

TEFL Class (video): How to Advise Students on Improving their Pronunciation - Read Text Out Loud, Sing Along -- International TEFL Academy
TEFL Class Instruction: How to Advise Students on Improving their Pronunciation. Video series from International TEFL Academy Online TEFL Course. Including: - Read Texts Out Loud - Sing Along to ...

TEFL Class (video): Teaching Cultural Sensitivity -- International TEFL Academy
TEFL Class Instruction: Teaching Cultural Sensitivity in the ESL Classroom. Video series from International TEFL Academy Online TEFL Course. Become TEFL TESOL certified to teach English overseas with ...

TEFL Class (video): How to Teach Pronunciation Skills in the ESL Classroom - Word & Sentence Stress -- International TEFL Academy
TEFL Class Instruction: How to Teach Pronunciation Skills in the ESL Classroom. Video series from International TEFL Academy Online TEFL Course. Including: - Sentence Stress - Word Stress Become TEFL ...

TEFL Class (video): How to Teach Pronunciation Variation in the ESL Classroom - Allophonic & Sentence-Level Variations, Basics of Phonology -- International TEFL Academy
TEFL Class Instruction: How to Teach Pronunciation Variation in the ESL Classroom. Video series from International TEFL Academy Online TEFL Course. Including: - Sentence-Level Variation - Allophonic ...

Private Lessons to 3 & 4 year olds -- Sarah
Hello, I have been asked by a friend of a friend if I would give English lessons to two 3 & 4 year olds. The mother would like me to come twice a week for one hour at a time and only conversational ...
Re: Private Lessons to 3 & 4 year olds -- Turnoi
Yes, at this age small children are just beginning to develop the linguistic skills in their on native language. This is what you should bear in mind when teaching them some English in addition. ...

Vocabulary and Speaking Activities for Secondary School Students (age 14-20) -- Patrick Malone
Hello. I'm a ESL teacher with the Peace Corps in the Sub-Saharan East African nation of Rwanda. I'm in the middle of the second term (they operate on a trimester system) and am still ...
Re Vocabulary and Speaking Activities for Secondary School Students (age 14-20) -- Turnoi
I am currently not in the position to reply in depth and to offer any kind of helpful advice. I suggest that you try to ask for assistance from your other Peace Corps colleagues in the area if there ...

Teaching english as a second language -- joy
I work in a Sri Lankan School. Trying to teach some local students english...........how to go about it.........the classrooms are crowded and children are not interested...always classroom is very ...
Re Teaching english as a second language -- Turnoi
Joy, there are many other teachers having the same problem with overcrowded and noisy classes. For teachers in the West, there is something they are studying during their teacher training - it is ...

Re Teaching English at a Kindergarten -- Jack
You could try games that at the same time they play and learn.

new to the esl scene -- jen davis
Hi I got hired at a school to work as an esl teacher, I have no previous esl training and was wondering where to start. I am basically trying to figure out how my student can learn to write in ...
Re new to the esl scene -- Turnoi
Jen, it is a bit difficult to give a concrete advice because you have not included details on the English language skill level of your student. From a practical point of view, you may start with ...

Re: Conversational English -- Katherine
Hello; yes, I do teach conversational English. Same as I am trying to start a program myself to do on the side. I teach at our community college. I love teaching it. thanx Kate

ESL Beginners -- k-2 -- Brett
Hi, everyone. I got my ESL certification about 1 1/2 years ago. I've just been subbing since then, since I haven't been able to find a job yet. However, it looks like a job opportunity for me ...
Re: ESL Beginners -- k-2 -- Cara
I finished my MA in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in ESL. I have also been out of the teaching field for awhile. I recently started tutoring and wanted to review some teaching methods. ...
Re: ESL Beginners -- k-2 -- Turnoi
For kindergarten level, I suggest to start with pictures to teach simple words like "apple", etc. You should perhaps also start with some phonics introducing lettersk, combination of letters, and ...
Re: ESL Beginners -- k-2 -- Merry
hi, I agree with the previous post, songs, games, these are you best bets. The youngest group I teach is 3rd grade and they love "Duck, Duck, Goose." Do you remember this game? I have them sit in a ...

Kindergarten Games Help -- Karen Chubay
Hi, I am a Canadian teaching in China at a wonderful kindergarten but most of the kids do not even recognize the letters of the alphebet and the school wants me to teach phonics. No problem except ...
Re: Kindergarten Games Help -- Turnoi
For mere reasons of interest, I have googled "Phonics" some time ago, and indeed - a lot of different resources were shown as a result of that search. I suggest you do the same; it probably would ...

Re: yeah. -- Amanda R.
Ali. That is an amazing idea! My husband and I host our first English corner tomorrow night and I am totally going to use it!

Breaking bad habits -- Annie
I teach business and general English to adults. I find one of my biggest challenges is teaching upper level conversation students who have a good level of fluency, but with some deeply ingrained ...
Re: Breaking bad habits -- Turnoi
What you describe is a group of relatively advanced learners who have adopted a certain type of errors by habit. That advanced learners dislike drills and similar types of activities is also clear - ...

Teaching beginner ESL 4-5th -- Lauren
Hi, I would like some suggestions on how to teach the basic skills such as the alphabet and phonics to older students. I do not want to offend them with materials and lessons that seem too "babyish". ...
Re: Teaching beginner ESL 4-5th -- Turnoi
The kind of materials you could and perhaps also should use depends on the educational level of your students. It is clear that you university students are to be taught in different way than perhaps ...

discipline in a foreign language -- Bri
I am teaching at a private school in South America. I teach children 4-7 years old and find that when I try to provide instruction that is disciplinary in nature (sit down, listen, be quiet,etc.), ...
Re: discipline in a foreign language -- Samantha
This can be tough. I taught Kindergartners here in the states who were all ESL students, so the first day I had the rude awakening that they had no idea what "lining up" meant. Because of the ...
Re: discipline in a foreign language -- Turnoi
I have no real experience with the kind of problems you are having as I have never taught children at that age. The reasons for the children ignoring your instructions can be manifold - they may ...

Teaching adults - private lessons -- Anna
Hi there, I'm an English teacher from Spain, and I've been teaching English for three years. I usually teach children and teenagers, but now I'm starting to teach adults in private ...
Re: Teaching adults - private lessons -- Mark Yates
Remember that in the classroom you are the expert. You are the one who decides what your student needs but, like a good doctor you can present it in different ways. However, don't tell a student ...
Re: Teaching adults - private lessons -- Turnoi
It is good to read that you spend a lot of time on looking for ideas and lesson planning as this certainly would help to make your lessons creative and interesting. I am not sure if I could give you ...

Tips for teachers -- Ted
1.If you going for first time dont think your self as very experienced teacher, it may prevent to mingle with real class room atmosphere. 2.Try to be friendly with children. 3.Tell lot of jokes, if ...

Class observation activities -- Ted
1. Seating arrangements - every teacher is so different, so you may find that each teacher you observe will have his or her class arranged a different way. You may even want to sketch out in your ...

I need advice on how to run an English Corner for beginners -- Chimmy
Hello, my name is Chimmy. I recently secured english teaching job in a primary school in wenzhou and i'm also new in the system. Presently, i'm faced with the task of running an english ...
Re: I need advice on how to run an English Corner for beginners -- Turnoi
English Corners for kids not speaking or understanding any English is an absolute idiocy to ask for by those demanding you to do it. Seems those running the school know nothing about language ...

Illiterate but speaks a little -- Anne
I'm an English language trainer for a corporation in Saudi Arabia. There is a Sri Lanki cleaner who can a few words of English but is absolutely illiterate. Can anyone advise me on beginning to ...
Re: Illiterate but speaks a little -- Turnoi
Anne, It's great that you want to help the Sri Lanka worker to become literate in English. There are two questions to ask first: 1. Does she speak some basic English already? If YES, the better. ...

Teaching one absolute beginner -- Steph
Hello, I would like to ask for advice on strategies to use to teach one absolute beginner in a class of beginners that read at the 1st/2nd grade level. I work in a high school with a small ESL ...

Adult ESL and field trips -- luvnchub
I teach Adult ESL at a private language school in the US. These are 8-week intensive courses, 4hrs/day, 5 days/wk. Our students are mostly Koreans who live in isolated Korean communities where they ...
Re: Adult ESL and field trips -- Mark Yates
Looks like a cultural problem. Maybe they don't want to lose face by "getting it wrong". I wonder how you could adjust their criteria so that they only lose face when they don't do anything. ...
Re: Adult ESL and field trips -- Turnoi
It seems that your students do not respond to your well-intentioned teaching methods too positively. If so, the reason for this may be sought in the fact that the Korean cultural background of your ...
Re: Adult ESL and field trips -- luvnchub
Thanks for your input. I should clarify that we do have two textbooks, a functional language student textbook and a grammar book. 2 hrs. of each day is devoted to basic grammar structures which ...

Teaching Iraqi to write? -- Anna
I am a Junior in High School and I recently came across an opportunity for a three week Arabic semi-immersion beginner program that my state offers. I have applied and have been accepted. After I ...
Re: Teaching Iraqi to write? -- Turnoi
Well, I really like your intentions of getting involved in a culture other than your own and to have an interest in the Arabic language. To teach her reading and writing, I think you perhaps may need ...
Re: Teaching Iraqi to write? -- Anna
This will not start until after I take the 3 week course on Arabic so I will probably have a basic knowledge of the language by that time. Which is why I needed someone to teach me more vocab etc.. ...
Re: Teaching Iraqi to write? -- Turnoi
Anna, here is a link for you leading you to some free and excellent resources for an introductory study of Arabic: http://www.fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php?page=Arabic I suggest that you start ...

English Broadcast/Video Lessons -- Alli
Hi! This is my first time teaching ESL and I am working at an Elementary school in Korea. They would like me to do weekly "English Broadcasts" which would be a video of me doing a lesson on camera ...
Re: English Broadcast/Video Lessons -- Turnoi
My advice صخعمwould be this: 1. Prepare the topic you want to present in the video lesson well. Concentrate on that. 2. Do not care/bother about the other things troubling you ...

How to deal with a noisy classroom -- teacher
I am student teacher and I am dealing with a noisy middle school classroom. The are out of control. I cannot scream over them. It's an inner city school in a bad neighborhood. My cooperating ...
Re: How to deal with a noisy classroom -- Turnoi
I can well imagine this to be some kind of hell that is not easy to deal with. I do not know what kind of practical advice I could give in such a matter. But I would like to mention some points that ...

teaching esl to asian children -- Marian
Hi! I'm a newbie when it comes to e.s.l teaching. Although I have been an English proficiency teacher in the Philippines for almost a year, but e.s.l for children is a new challenge for me. i ...
Re: teaching esl to asian children -- different ways
Everyone learns in different ways on certain subjects let the kids pick which style the want to do (sing or dance, art, report, model or teach themselves). See the seven ways we learn. Use this as an ...
Re: teaching esl to asian children (unmotivated students) -- k
Welcome to my world! I have the same problem every day, but with classes of up to 35 unmotivated primary aged students. I figured out some time ago that to provide the motivation, a different ...
Re: teaching esl to asian children -- a teacher
Read them a story. Dr. Seus, Charlottes Web. IT's English LIT Let them learn the VALUE of English. Put a word on Each Kids front and have them stand up and make sentences and show them proper and ...
Re: teaching esl to asian children -- Teacher
I teach much older students (9th and 11th grade), but I have found that the key to keeping them engaged is to gear the instruction towards something that is important to them; just because we as ...
Re: teaching esl to asian children -- fyi
Teaching ESL is tricky, but what I found was a good storybook was great. The kids may not understand the English, but they love the pictures. Once they are involved in the pictures, you can ask ...
Re: teaching esl to asian children -- am
You should get a kid book with lots of pictures so if they dont understand the words they can get an idea of whats going on in the story by the pictures so they also get an idea of what the english ...
Re: teaching esl to asian children -- Turnoi
How old are these children? Normally, you could teach them the same way you would teach other (native?) children - games, action in the classroom, singing, etc. You could use pictures to ask ...
Re: teaching esl to asian children -- Caity
I have a very diverse class as well. I have found these strategies extremely useful when working with ESL children (especially in the primary grades) - use a lot of pictures to show what you are ...
Re: teaching esl to asian children -- Yanni Zack
Marian, Welcome to the world of teaching ESL to children. Here are some suggestions: With young children, the primary goal for teaching is to teach them vocabulary. I would suggest that you use lots ...

teaching ESL to adults with different levels of English -- Sherrilyn M
I teach a group of about nine Spanish speaking adults. Their levels of proficiency vary from pretty good English to very little. I have a reading program that I used before I retired. (this past ...
Re: teaching ESL to adults with different levels of English -- cd
There are a few techniques that can help you deal with this sort of situations, but the most important thing is that you must give the slower learnes all the confidence to speak up even if they make ...
Re: teaching ESL to adults with different levels of English -- Turnoi
First, I really do admire your efforts to do the very best for your students whatever you can. And fortunately, your report contains sufficient details to make a realistic assessment as far as this ...

Business English books -- Mike
Hi everybody! I'm in South Korea, and I need a book for a group that I teach. I would prefer one or two books to cover these topics: - Business Presentations - Business Conversation - Business ...
Re: Business English books -- Turnoi
The choice of a textbook mainly depends on an answer to the following points: - what do you want to teach, and what does the textbook cover? - how does the textbook cover the topic in terms of ...

how to teach a diverse classroom of students -- Nada
Hello Dr Zack I need to know what are the advantages and disadvantages of teaching a multi age and multi cultural class and how can I manage the particular class?
Re: how to teach a diverse classroom of students -- Yanni Zack
Teaching a diverse group of students, including multi-age students can be quite challenging. One suggestion I have is for you to first determine the different skill levels and proficiency levels for ...
Re: how to teach a diverse classroom of students -- Turnoi
In fact, it is quite normal in the private ESL industry (training centres) to teach ESL/EFL to a multinational audience with diverse linguistic native speaker backgrounds. Since English is the ...

Korean High School -- K
Hello, Last year I was teaching in a private institute (kindergarten and elementary). This year I am going to be teaching in a Korean high school. I am wondering if anyone has any good techniques, ...
Re: Korean High School -- Turnoi
For this age group, there are some things to be borne in mind: Most of these students, do not stop learning outside school but would still attend extra-curricular learning sessions in the afternoon. ...

no experience -- Mary
I am an English teacher in a parochial school. I have one student who is not a native speaker. Traumatic events brought him to our school when he was a freshman. Now I have him as a junior. He is a ...
Re: no experience -- Turnoi
First of all, allow me to commend you for trying to give this young man some extra help. The subject-verb agreement is very basic in English (unlike in other languages like German, Finnish, Russian ...
Re: no experience//Additional Note -- Turnoi
Regarding verb-subject agreement in English, let me add that in addition to adding -s for third person singular in the present tense, there still is the somewhat defective conjugation pattern of the ...

4-5 year old ESL learners! -- Brittany
Help! I'm teaching a class of 4-5year old ESL learners. They can speak fairly well, using "My name is.." "I'm 4years old" their favorites colours, etc but they have an attention span of 5 ...
Re: 4-5 year old ESL learners! -- Yanni Zack
Brittany, Since your kids have a short attention span, you are going to have to create learning activities that are short in duration. My advice is to incorporate music into your teaching. See if you ...
Re: 4-5 year old ESL learners! -- Turnoi
I am afraid I cannot offer any concrete advice than just this one: From what you describe, the problem seems to be concentration. Maybe, some of the kids could be hyperactive..... Why not sometimes ...

motivating students -- Mohammad Masum
Dear sir,I am spoken and writing English teacher from Bangladesh.I got some problem with my students and I know the reason but I do not know the solution.In my institute students are coming to learn ...
Re: motivating students -- Turnoi
Classroom instruction always is a very artificial situation of linguistic communication in a foreign language. Motivation to communicate in a foreign language, on the other hand, normally comes in ...
Re: motivating students - additional information -- Turnoi
Here is some additional info on software for creating multimedia-featured and interactive language quizzes. Download this free software from: http://hotpot.uvic.ca/index.php#downloads Don't ...
Re: motivating students -- Yanni Zack
Masum, The way to motivate your students is to create activities that include them in the teaching, i.e.cooperative learning experiences. Here is an example: Have them role play a certain situation, ...

grammar -- monique
I've been in the US approximately seven years. I am finishing a bachelor's degree right now. I need to improve my writing skills especially in writing papers. My English teacher makes ...
Re: grammar -- Turnoi
I am a writer myself, and it very often happens that I have to write texts for books and articles in one of the several second/foreign languages that I know (English, German, French, and Chinese). ...
Re: grammar -- Dr. Yanni Zack
Monique, I commend you on getting your Bachelor Degree. I also understand that you have difficulty with grammar. At this website: http://owl.english.purdue.edu, there are numerous power point ...

receiving new student from Thailand -- Ria Shanon-Smith
I teach 3rd grade in Oregon and I am getting a male student from Thailand in January. He speaks no English but was just adopted by a wonderful family here in town. I'm wondering what exactly to ...
Re: receiving new student from Thailand -- Yanni Zack
Shannon, The most important advice I can give you is that this student needs to learn English. The best way to teach him that is to use pictures with him to help him develop an English Vocabulary. ...
Re: receiving new student from Thailand -- Turnoi
From what you describe, your Thai student would need to learn English and has no previous knowledge of English. Not knowing (because you do not mention any details in this respect) whether the ...

Finding out about learners -- Julie Garvey
I am going down to Mexico to take CELTA training in January and I am completing a pre-cours task. One of the questions I have been asked is how I can find out about my learners (preferred learning ...
Re: Finding out about learners -- Turnoi
My answer in reply to your question can be brief: Give the new learner an individual and free initial sample lesson and observe the learner's reaction. It will tell you some basic things about ...

HELP on teaching ESL to a deaf mute student -- Monica
I need advice on how to teach ESL to a 2nd grade (8-9 yr. old) student who is deaf mute; and how to integrate him (actively) with the rest of his classmates. Thanks in advance.
Re: HELP on teaching ESL to a deaf mute student -- Dianna
Have you found any useful information on this particular case, Monica? I also know of a deaf mute 4th grade student in our school from Burma. She communicates only through pointing, making sounds, ...
Re: HELP on teaching ESL to a deaf mute student -- Yanni Zack
Here is a suggestion in teaching English to a deaf person: Show them pictures and have them write down what they see. This will help them develop vocabulary, and learn how to create proper grammar ...
Re: HELP on teaching ESL to a deaf mute student -- Turnoi
I really have no practical experience of teaching ESL to deaf non-native speakers. You are using "deaf mute". Does that mean that that child cannot speak either? I know a couple of deaf people, and I ...

Effective Technology use to improve language learning in all adult esl students -- sss123
Hi, I am an esl/efl teacher and I am presently working on my research paper. I am interested to get some ideas/feedback on the various forms/types of technology that can be used and are presently ...
Re: Using CALL in ESL Teacher Training in Third World Nations -- Turnoi
I am the Vice President of a college in the sector of tertiary education that offers a number of degree and postgraduate programs in the area of Theology, Comparative Religions and Cultures, ...
Re: Effective Technology use to improve language learning in all adult esl students -- Yanni Zack
Using Technology in ESL Teaching is very common. Many schools use Video Conferencing, Skype Teaching, and Interactive ESL Computer-Assisted Programs where students interact with the material ...

i want to teach esl in peru. i have an excellent command of the english language and speak un poco e -- Douglas Smirti
i need to know how to go about learning how to teach,the training of speaking enough spanish to teach it,and how to get certification,and relocation information. also, will they provide ...
Re: i want to teach esl in peru. i have an excellent command of the english language and speak un po -- Turnoi
I will try to answer your questions step by step. i need to know how to go about learning how to teach ***I suggest you look for a commercial provider offering a recognised CELTA/DELTA program. ,the ...

speaking problem -- baharak
hi I'm english university student in Iran.I have studied English for 8 years,but I have alittle problem in speaking. I don't really know what to do? just I want to speak alittle faster than I ...
Re: speaking problem -- Yanni Zack
Learning to speak English takes time and a lot of practice. I encourage you to not beat yourself up so much because of your supposed lack of progress.. Practice reading out loud from books or ...
Re: speaking problem//Reply -- Turnoi
Assalam aleikum, learning a foreign language and to become more or less proficient in it is like becoming a good football player in a team. To become a good football player of your team means that ...

lesson plans incorporating arts and drama into EFL teaching -- mimi
I am new qualıfıed non-native EFL teacher ,looking for job and I need a lot help and tips ı need lesson plans incorporating arts and drama into EFL teaching for a creatıve ...
Re: lesson plans incorporating arts and drama into EFL teaching -- Turnoi
I have written some comments below the relevant portions of your text. I am new qualıfıed non-native EFL teacher ,looking for job and I need a lot help and tips ***You, maybe you are in ...
Re: lesson plans incorporating arts and drama into EFL teaching -- mrngorickets
Hi Tks very much for post: I like it and hope that you continue posting. Let me show other source that may be good for community. Source: ...

Arab teaching strategies -- Emily Butler
Hi everyone! I am writing from Arkansas, U.S.A. I am currently a teaching student and have a huge group presentation at the end of the week. Our subject is on how to apply appropriate teaching tools ...
Re: Arab teaching strategies -- Turnoi
An interesting question, and a good one.... If you know that you are going to teach Arab students, the first thing you could do is to say "Assalam aleikum" when entering their class the first time. ...
Re: Arab teaching strategies -- Turnoi
Let me add a source that may be helpful to relate your lessons to Arabic whenever this may be appropriate according to context. This may be a good source for you to obtain some contrastive knowledge ...

Learning to teach -- Adam McCambridge
Hello everyone, I have been living in Japan for a little over 5 years now and have recently started a small conversational English class with my Japanese doctor and some of his interns. I had my ...
Re: Learning to teach -- Dr. Yanni Zack
I encourage you to begin teaching with your client in a simplified, basic manner. Start off with basic vocabulary, and use a lot of visuals to reinforce the concept. Also, go to the ESL teaching ...
Re: Learning to teach -- Turnoi
Let me assume that your (Japanese) students are at elementary level in their English language skills. If they are new to this and take private lessons with you (as I am assuming here), it is ...

Improving spoken english -- Eric
Hello, I teach English at an Academy in Spain and I am beginning to teach private lessons. The majority of the students I have are University students who need help in improvng their spoken english ...
Re: Improving spoken english -- Turnoi
Yanni (Dr. Yanni Zack) has already made a good reply concentrating on the procedure of such lessons and what they should contain. Let me add another point regarding contents of such lessons. For ...
Re: Improving spoken english -- Dr. Yanni Zack
When teaching individuals, it is important that you develop individualized lesson materials that will motivate and hold the interest for each student. I recommend that you consider using English ...

Re: Teaching techniques -- Alicia Grime
Hello.My name is Alicia Grime. I am a Certified Teacher from Texas but live in Canada. I have been teaching ESl to children as young as 4---adult.When I saw your question I will offer this advice to ...

I teach old students -- Naweed
Dear sir! I am an instructor for English at one of the Capacity building programs in Afghanistan and the program is for 2 years and the students are also over 45 years i want to make my class very ...
Re: I teach old students -- Turnoi
It is good to see your motivation to make classes very interesting for them. The way older people learn is somewhat different from the way young people learn. If you are teaching in Afghanistan, my ...

Re: where to begin -- Dr. Yanni Zack
I believe that in order to make a connection with this student, you first need to find out as much as you can about him, and then tailor the lessons and activities around the information you have ...

General note on this forum -- Turnoi
Dear readers, Dr. Yanni Zack has replied to all the questions asked in this forum until now. He has now informed the editors of this site that he has dropped out of education to do some other work ...
Re: General note on this forum -- Yanni+Zack
Dear Turnoi, Thank you for the kind words posted about me on the forum. Also, I want to personally thank you for keeping the discussion area alive, and for the great information you provided to the ...
Re: General note on this forum -- Dr. Turnoi Turjakuunnen
I appreciate your kind words, Dr. Zack! Have a good life and enjoy your days! I will officially retire from work next year.

ESL Inclusion -- Shauna
I am a new ESL teacher, working with ELL students in the 4th and 5th grade. We are doing inclusion at my school. I was hoping you could give me some effective strategies on teaching writing in the ...
Re: ESL Inclusion -- Dianna
I am doing the same as you (except I'm working with K-2 writing teacher). We discussed splitting the class to teach the same topic in whole group, but with smaller groups. We also discussed her ...
Re: ESL Inclusion -- Dr. Yanni Zack
I strongly feel that it is important for you to work together with the regular teacher to jointly develop effective writing assignments for your students. My suggestion would be for you to consider ...
Re: ESL Inclusion -- Turnoi
Even if you are new teacher, I think, it is not other people who can do the "strategic" thinking for you. It is you who must do that in collaboration with your colleague teacher. I can quite well ...

Re: where to begin -- Turnoi
Do you have some details regarding English language skill level, age and country of origin of your student(s)`Just one or several students? How can someone give some helpful advice if there is no ...

Re: i need help re: ESL tutoring marketing video shoot -- Turnoi
Is that for marketing your school or a demo class to attract students? If the latter applies, just record a live session between a teacher and a student. The more "natural" it looks, the greater the ...
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