Teach them English This is the second in a new series of posts for the start of 2015 in which I’ll offer simple solutions to the most common problems for newly qualified language teachers. In my first post, I looked at how time will place a lot of constraints on you as a teacher and offered some advice on making the most of what time you do have. In today’s post, I’ll look at what’s in store for you as a newly qualified teacher in terms of professional development and what you can do to make the most of what will be available to you. Let me start by telling you about the start of my career… As a native speaker with little to no grasp of how English worked, I struggled valiantly through my four-week certificate course and then, inexplicably, landed a job on my final day of the course. Who said this was going to be difficult job?
How can film help you teach or learn English? What can film and video add to the learning experience? Kieran Donaghy Opens in a new tab or window., who won the British Council’s Teaching English blog award Opens in a new tab or window. for his post I want to learn English because… Opens in a new tab or window., explains why film is such a good resource, and recommends some useful websites. Language teachers have been using films in their classes for decades, and there are a number of reasons why film is an excellent teaching and learning tool. Learning from films is motivating and enjoyable Motivation is one of the most important factors in determining successful second-language acquisition.
Story Map The Story Map interactive includes a set of graphic organizers designed to assist teachers and students in prewriting and postreading activities. The organizers are intended to focus on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution development. Students can develop multiple characters, for example, in preparation for writing their own fiction, or they may reflect on and further develop characters from stories they have read. Planning Page – WebEnglish.se WebEnglish.se hopes to make every teacher’s life easier by presenting term plan examples and templates to use together with your students and/or colleagues to plan an enjoyable school year. WebEnglish.se suggests your plan be filled with themes, books, films and whatever else the class might come up with. Just follow these seven steps: 1. Choose your class level for WebEnglish.se Autumn Term Themes:Year2, Year3, Year4, Year5, Year6, Year7, Year8, Year9
3 Strategies You Should Know If You Teach A Mixed Level Class Ah, the dreaded mixed level class. What can an ESL teacher do with a room full of students who are just starting their language studies sitting next to others who could probably teach the class for you? You do your best. Luckily, the best you can do with a mixed level class can be pretty awesome. That is if you choose the right activities and use the best strategies in class. Here are some ideas for teachers of mixed level classes of for involving and engaging all your students.
20 More Ways To Be A Better English Language Teacher (Part 2) In the first part of these blog postings, we looked at various ways to develop and enhance your career as a language teacher with 20 ideas which could be incorporated within your personal CPD goals or aims. The second part of this series looks at another 20 ideas which you could incorporate at any stage of your ELT career. Before I start this blog post, I would like to thank all those that have visited this post – it has been the most popular blog post on this website despite only being live for a short period. 1. Volunteer with a Special Interest Group (SIG) or Association
What Makes a Question Essential? Second, look at these additional examples, organized by subject area, to spark your thinking and clarify the qualities of essential questions, or EQs. Essential Questions in History and Social Studies • Whose "story" is this? • How can we know what really happened in the past? Christmas worksheets, Christmas flashcards, printable Christmas games, Christmas cards, Christmas party supplies and lesson plans materials to print Santa Claus, a reindeer, a sleigh, a snowman, Christmas lights, a bell, an angel, an elf, a bow, mistletoe Christmas flash cards, small game cards, Christmas bingo cards, a handout Christmas PowerPoint flashcards Got time?