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ESL Teaching Tips

By admin - Wed May 02, 11:46 pm

Here are some quick tips for new ESL teachers. This video focuses on developing a workable lesson plan, in this case, I present a plan for what I found to be a fairly successful introductory lesson for both elementary and middle school. At first, you might be tempted to write out elaborate and detailed plans for your ESL classes, where the lesson plan almost becomes a script to be read, rather than a rough guide. This kind of lesson plan is nearly certain to fail miserably. Flexibility is critical to a good lesson plan. Repetition and variation is needed to help the students retain the information covered in class. Try to design a lesson plan in modules, with each chunk being 5-25 minutes. The most important one should come first, and, with a flexible modular design, if the important lesson runs long, one of the latter modules can be eliminated, or covered during the next class. And remember: languages are not learned by listening to a lecture given in that language; language is acquired by engaging with it, by actively using it. If you only remember one thing, remember this: Your students should be talking far more than you are. ~Kyle Clements


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    Oh, no, this wasn’t an every day thing. This was an example of just one lesson. In this case, the very first lesson of the year.

    Afterwards, the students were expected to have the name tags on their desk for the beginning of class, class time was not to be spent on them after that first day.

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    But that only takes one lesson. Here it sounds like you spent 20 minutes of every lesson making the same name tags.

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    Many of the the students are performing at a very low level, so I had to help about half of them make a name tag one-on-one.

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    Dude, I know this video is four years old or whatever, but I’m just curious, how the hell do you manage to spend 20 minutes putting a few name tags on the desk?

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    Thanks. I found it to be a great experience. Good luck!

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    Love this video :) . I am becoming an ESL teacher :)

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    There’s nothing wrong with her comprehension. She’s probably an actual qualified teacher, and you are not.

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    If “just play games and talk” is the message you took away from this video, I would suggest paying extra attention to your English comprehension skills.

    I wish you the very best of luck on your teaching exams.

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    I knew i was making it all too much hard work!!!!!!!
    i will follow your advice, tear up my lesson plans and just play games and talk (oh, i just have to pass my teaching exams first!!!)

  11. 0

    The names just killed me! lol

  12. 0

    i have no idea ah..

  13. 0

    so…fucking…true…in Saigon i did suck for the first few months then i realized exactly what you said in this video…good work man

  14. 0

    What a douche. You give teachers a bad name man.

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    oh, he is right about sucking at first. And the name tags. If you tell them to do something, do it. If you give, they will take forever, and then you are finished.

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    it totally depends on the situation… once you’ve taught about 1000 classes, and you only teach a class once every three weeks, you should have no shortage of things to do.
    Once every three weeks is easy, now, same students every day for five hours… that’s hard,

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    Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
    I think that too many instructional videos are dry and forgettable.
    I had fun with this one.

  18. 0

    you’re great. thanks for making me laugh AND learn.

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    Okay… so 7 years before I plan on going to Korea, I already know exactly how I’m going to teach my classes, control them and have fun. Great. >_< I better not forget this in 7 years time…

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    What a tool.

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    don’t mean to discredit ya or anything. But Jangso and Jongsu aren’t common names in a korean class. Usually the students choose an English name or a short Korean name like June. Which will make it easier to remember. You don’t need name tags either, just have the students sit in the same seat and make a seating chart during the first class. This will save the time from having to track down missing name tags or the tangled mess of tags for 22 different classes.

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    She is a friend of mine who I met while I was over there.

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    Loved the Vid man posted it on my TEFL Facebook page and i’ll be referring to it when i land in Korea in April, quick question, who was the lady sleeping over in your death fan vid?

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    I was only in Korea for a year, I’ve been back in Canada since late 2008.

    Thanks for watching, I hope you found the info helpful.

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    awesome vid man made me laugh and it was educational u still in korea?

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    Thanks a large amount for making the article such an excellent go through. Looking forward to checking out the following 1 quickly, thank you.

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    This informative article gives the gentle in which we can observe the fact. this is very nice one and provide indepth details. thanks for this kind of nice report.

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