When working with non-literate or low-literacy learners, it’s important to take one step at at a time. Make it relevant. Tie the topic to your student’s real life. think about how it is related to their children, their job, etc. Start teaching the alphabet beginning with the student’s first name. Once that is mastered, move on […]
These two common words can be very challenging for our students to learn. Part of the reason may be that they do not have an equivalent in many other languages. An additional difficulty comes from the fact that most plurals are formed by adding “s”, yet the singular form is does (with an s) and […]
Three tips for including dictation in class Listening and writing are two areas where almost all students need practice. You can work on these in class by including some fun dictation activities. Try out one of these ideas: Sentences Give students a printed list of sentences with a word (or several, missing from each.) You […]
Students need many opportunities for listening practice. Check out these free online listening resources which students can access on their own for additional listening practice and activities. English Listening Library Online ello.org . This site has listening activities with transcripts. There are also vocabulary, and speaking activities. Randall’s Cyber Listening Lab esl-lab.com Listening quizzes with […]
At the recent CO-TESOL convention, one of the featured speakers, author Joe McVeigh spoke about “Looking in, looking out: Expanding our vision” Here are some tips he offers to teachers: Create a safe space. Students may feel insecure about their ability. Make sure they know they are supported. Own the room. You may share a […]
Help! I’ve finished my lesson and I have 5 minutes left. What can I do? Try one of these quick activities that require no advanced prep time. 1) Penny for your thoughts Take a penny (or any coin) and look at the date. Have students talk about what they were doing that year. If they […]
Taking attendance is one of those classroom tasks that just “must get done”. Consequently, as teachers we often don’t take it seriously. However, taking attendance can be a vital way to get a sense of the class and build community. From the teacher’s perspective, taking attendance helps establish a baseline awareness of who is coming […]
Does your student need extra listening practice? Check out this great resource: http://www.cbc.ca/edmonton/learning-english/newscasts.html Each week this Canadian website makes three lessons with audio files and transcripts available. These news stories are read more slowly than on regular radio. You can download both lessons and the audio files for free.
Do your students need more reading practice? You can find easy-to-read illustrated stories for your students to read online at this website http://www.really-learn-english.com/english-short-stories.htm There are also videos for listening practice. Check them out at http://www.really-learn-english.com/learn-english-video-lesson-01.html
Check out the worksheet generator at http://www.tefl.net/worksheet-generator/index.htm. This allows you to easily create a variety of worksheets that you can print out.