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Re: Teaching English  by: Dr. Yanni Zack- ESL Teaching Tips and St
Karla, Bryan gave you some great ideas and strategies to use with your ESL Students. I definitely agree that using Reading Materials from both the Internet and the Local English Newspapers is a great..
Hard to handle Classes  by: Danielle
Help, I am teaching different level classes and while the older kids are a pleasure to teach, the 6 and 7 year olds are really difficult. I have tried many different games and songs with them. They..
Re: HELP on teaching ESL to a deaf mute student  by: 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..
Re: how to teach a diverse classroom of students  by: 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: Words Ending with "d"  by: Dr. Yanni Zack- ESL Teaching Tips and Strategies
Dear Dr. Frank Gerace, Thank you for posting some excellent information regarding how words that end in "d" sound when used in the past tense of the verb. This information is not only important but..
Re: First ESL class  by: Yanni Zack
The best way to get these students motivated to learn English is to first find out what their interests are, and then develop activities/lessons based on their interests. This is called a "hook" in..
Re: Teaching Conversational English  by: Wendy
Hello, I will teach my first conversational English lesson in Japan soon and I am trying to find information about the Interview Technique. Can you point me in the right direction? Is it somewhere in..
Re: Drilling Colors  by: Fish
This is one of the most fun things you can do with that age group. Make up games, anything is fun. Ask "Who is wearing a red shirt? (or what ever color shirt you have on that day, to demo the game.)..
Teaching one absolute beginner  by: 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..
Breaking bad habits  by: 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..
Arab teaching strategies  by: 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: Teaching skills  by: 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..
Thanks a bunch  by: Rheno747
Thanks a bunch, Dr. Y. I'm sure I'll be returning with another question soon.
Oral English  by: Ron
I was hired to work as an Oral English Teacher. I have students from Grades 1 - 6, and 8. For the smaller kids I use games and action songs, for the older students I use exercises in describing, and..
Re: Teaching People older than you  by: Ariem
HI TIFFANY AM SORRY FOR SOME ERRORS IN MY SPELLING. aM NOT VERY GOOD AT COMPUTERS THOUGH BUT AM TRYING MY BEST TO BE GOOD AT IT. plEASE BEAR WITH THE TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS.
How to teach my students to speak politely  by: Joe
Hey there! I am teaching English as a foreign language in Taiwan. My students are college non-English majors, yet most of them speak fairly frequently. I notice that two or three of them often speak..
When do i teach new vocab?  by: Gloria
Hi...just wondering when is it the right time to teach students new vocab, and is there a bet way to do so?...thanks Also are tecniques better for certain ages? Thanks again. Gloria
Re: First ESL class  by: Yanni Zack
The best way to get these students motivated to learn English is to first find out what their interests are, and then develop activities/lessons based on their interests. This is called a "hook" in..
How to Teach Idioms  by: Dr. Yanni Zack- ESL Teaching Tips and Strategies
Dear Brock, Teaching ESL Students Idioms can be difficult. Here is a suggestion you might want to try: You might consider using pictures or visuals, and making your own picture card for a given..
It's difficult  by: STAR Duck Girl
My first 6 months teaching in a rich primary school left me ready to pack it up and go, too. Then I found an outlet. You definitely need an outlet when you teach ESL. I love to dance, so I just..
teaching a more advanced learner  by: Roy Clements
I have just started working with an older lady in Brazil who has a quite good vocabulary. She wants to get her pronounciation perfect. Can you suggest any exercises I can do with her that will be of..
Re: Help Assessment of English Program Effectiveness  by: Dr. Yanni Zack
Czar, I commend you for working on your thesis and for selecting the topic of Assessment of English Language Programs. In order to develop a well-written and researched thesis, you are going to to..
Re: When do i teach new vocab?  by: teacherjuli
I like to pre-teach vocabulary at the beginning of a lesson. I often do this with visuals. There are so many images available on the web - you can do a google search for images here:..
Re: speaking problem//Reply  by: 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..
Breaking bad habits  by: 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..
reading is not enough!  by: eberhard r cajilog
Hey! I'm a Filipino too! and reading is not the only way to teach English to your tutee. It must be a boring tutorial session. Try some activity that yur tutee can grasp not somthing theoritical,..
teaching through songs - what's Ur oppinion?  by: sylvia
Hi everybody.. I want to ask if any of U have ever tried to teach english vocabulary through songs? I'd like to know if U know any good artocles or books about it as I need to write my diploma..
Re: Teaching Conversational English  by: Wendy
Hello, I will teach my first conversational English lesson in Japan soon and I am trying to find information about the Interview Technique. Can you point me in the right direction? Is it somewhere in..
debate  by: Annie
I've had good luck with improving speaking and recognition skills with some class games. These do depend on some fluency with the language, not for absolute beginners. I've had good luck getting the..
Thailand's big do-do bird notion  by: RhenoThai
When I had my rude introduction to Thailand's cheating epidemic, I immediately started trying to root it out of my classrooms. My efforts met with mixed success, but I did have some victories and..
Re: Teaching techniques  by: 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..
Re: Drilling Colors  by: Dr. Yanni Zack
Dear John Lee, I would recommend that you create a fun way to teach colors of children's clothes by using their clothes as an example. First, identify the different clothes the students are wearing..
Re: How to deal with a noisy classroom  by: 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..
Re: How do I teacher ESL to adults who are not literate in their first language?  by: Dr. Yanni Zack
Kelsi, My recommendation would be to use lots of visuals, pictures, and TPR (Total Physical Response) when teaching your students. This will help them to begin to develop vocabulary words that they..
TEFL Class (video): Teaching Cultural Sensitivity  by: 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..
Is there a best teaching strategy for all subjects?  by: jitz
Good day! I just want to know if there is a best teaching strategy for all subjects in school. Thanks for the reply!
ESL for Indian Adult  by: Kimberly White
Hello, I am an English tutor who teaches grammar and comprehensive skills to children of all ages. I have been approached by an Indian Priest (from India) to improve his grammar and speaking skills...
First ESL class  by: Sunita Ghosh
Hi, i have to take three children , one is 13 , second one is 10 and the third one is 7 years. The elder two can speak in monosyllables but comprehension and speech fluency is poor. They are..
Re: General note on this forum  by: 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.
Re: Pronunciation Tips please  by: Fish4esl
Past tense pronnciation? Do you mean they can't remember irregular verb tenses? Go, goed, went? That kind of thing? That's just rote memorization and practice. Otherwise, I enjoy, as do my students,..
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