ESL Teaching and Learning Tips

Re: ESL student newspaper -- Yanni Zack
Casey, Congratulations on wanting the students to develop an ESL Newspaper. Here is my suggestion: Determine what the interests are for your ESL Students regarding the different roles in the ...

Re: Online tutorial questions -- Yanni Zack
Since we are now moving into the technology world for Online Teaching, I am finding that using Skype is a great way to conduct ESL Teaching as this uses both the Phone and chat at the same time.

Taking minutes & writing reports -- Sondes
Hey fellow teachers, I have upper advanced classes and I would like to teach them how to take minutes in a meeting and write a report out of those minutes. Are there any lesson plans that have videos ...

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: 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: 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. ...

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: ...

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: 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: 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 ...

Re: How to deal with a noisy classroom -- Linda
I substituted in an inner city school for a while. It can really be difficult. The principal told me he would keep the intercom on and all I had to do was call out if I needed help. He said that if I ...

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 ...

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 ...
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