Teacher Tip-Ideas that work from current volunteers

At our recent Lunch and Learn, current volunteers shared activities and ideas that have worked for them. Her is a selection of their ideas. “Candy Pop Quiz”- presented by Ken Rudy Activity:  Give students a handful of candy and two different lists of questions and answers (or have them make their own lists) and have them pair […]

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Teacher Tip – Field Trips

Field trips are a great way to give your student real-life language practice. Every Interactive English book has a specific suggestion for a field trip on Day 9. The suggested field trip is related to topics studied in that level, but feel free to choose a different location that works better for your student or […]

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Teacher Tip – Teaching Grammar with Interactive English

  Grammar can be perceived as one of the most challenging aspects of teaching English. At Intercambio, we divide our grammar lessons into three stages: Present, Practice and Apply. Present When it comes to grammar, there is often no answer to the question, “Why is it like that?” Students need to learn that there are certain […]

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Teacher Tip – Getting your students to speak

Many of our adult ESL students are hesitant to use their English. They are afraid they will not be understood, or they are embarrassed by their pronunciation. Here are some tips for helping your students overcome their fear of speaking. Create a warm atmosphere. Whether you are teaching a group or tutoring one-on-one, the first […]

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Teacher Tip – Use simple language

Your lower-level student will understand you better if you speak with fewer and simpler words. Give instructions in just a few words. Instead of saying “Write it down,” your student may understand you better if you simply say, “Write” and then show the page or sheet of paper. Avoid extra chit chat. Some students may […]

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Make a Game out of It

  One way to make our classes more dynamic and provide for extra practice is to include game-like activities. This can easily be accomplished by using material from the book. Concentration (the Memory Game) can be played in multiple ways, and works well in both one-on-one and group situations. If you are teaching single students, […]

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