Teacher Tip – Best Practices

At a recent teacher workshop, our volunteers came up with the following list of best practices in English teaching:

Best Practices in English Teaching

Find out what your students know. You don’t need to teach it if they already know it.
Think about what you are teaching. This sounds obvious, but actually isn’t. Think about what students really need to learn in the lesson. Is it grammar? New Vocabulary? How to interact in a certain situation? Focus on the teaching point.
How will you know your student has learned? What will tell you a student has mastered the concept? Will they use a new grammatical structure when speaking? Fill out a form correctly? Don’t assume that they have learned it just because you have taught it.
Pay attention to the progression. Writing an agenda on the board, or specifying specific steps to get where you want to go can help students focus on what they need to do.
Repetition is key. Teachers tend to repeat a new word or structure once or twice, but students need to repeat much more.
Interaction. Remember, your student should be talking with each other and with you. You should be speaking less than they do.
Handouts help. Giving students something to touch or fill out can help them learn.
Get physical. Get your students up and moving around. Bring realia (real objects) to class for students to work with.
Show your enthusiasm. A teacher’s enthusiasm is contagious. Show your enthusiasm with smiles and body language. If you student is enjoying class, they are more likely to continue—and learn more.

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