500 TIPS FOR TESOL TEACHERS (The 500 Tips Series) by Phil Race

By Phil Race

There was a progress within the variety of lecturers excited about educating English as a overseas or moment language. This guide comprises useful feedback for EFL academics, and goals to guide to rules which are attempted out without delay. Lists of invaluable assets and pro-formas are incorporated.

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This is one of the areas of study where it is particularly beneficial for learners to apply their own ‘techniques’; to remember items or work out the meaning of new ones. It’s especially useful for you to show them strategies that they can use outside class. For example, they might: keep a vocabulary notebook; classify new words they have seen; revise new vocabulary at intervals. Your role can be to explore various techniques with the class, and help each learner to find out which ones suit them best.

5 Make grammar presentations meaningful. You may choose to present explicitly a new grammatical form; certainly, this is a widely used technique. If you do, make sure your presentation highlights the meaning dimension— elements of the semantic significance of the target form. You can check whether learners have understood this by using ‘concept’ questions, which highlight an aspect of the situation which makes the meaning of the target form clear. 6 Use discovery techniques. An alternative to grammatical presentation is to show learners examples of a grammatical form in various contexts and to encourage them to work out its significance.

Knowledge of a text’s pattern can make it easier to understand its language. 6 Think about writer purpose. Your text was produced to impart information, and also as part of a specific social relationship between writer and intended readers. By discussing probable writer purposes, you can increase learners’ understanding of why a text is as it is, and this can help them to understand it better. For example, we might speculate that the newspaper writer referred to above has the purpose of attracting a reader to read the story (hence the brief summary), and then inducing the reader to read to the end—hence the withholding of key details!

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