Standard Classes

Textbook Review – Interchange

In this article going to go over the “Interchange” series of ESL textbooks. The Interchange series has a total of four textbooks or six textbooks if you consider the two upper-level “Passages” textbooks written by the same author. The four Interchange textbooks are made for young adults and adults learners of English from beginning level to high intermediate levels. It is the fourth edition which tells you how popular it truly is. It is a multiskilled textbook that goes over grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, themes and functions. These textbooks can be used in private classes or in large group classes.

Textbook review – Fifty-Fifty

Today we’re going to go over the Fifty-Fifty series from Pearson Longman. The Fifty-Fifty series is a three-level course that focuses on speaking and listening skills. There are three textbooks in the series, Fifty-Fifty Intro, Fifty-Fifty Book One and Fifty-Fifty Book Two. These textbooks are targeted towards beginner level students and lower intermediate level students. There is also a teacher’s version of the textbook that acts as a student book and teachers guide. There is an accompanying website that offers various resources for students and teachers. You can download class audio, flashcards, and worksheets there.

ESL Textbook Review – Topic Talk

Today we will take a look at “Topic Talk” written by David Martin and published by EFL Press. I came across this book in a slightly unusual way in that I did not purchase it myself. It was actually left at my school by a teacher I had hired over 9 years ago. I have hundreds of different textbooks in my school and there are many that I have never even opened. After sitting on the shelf for some time I finally picked it up and leafed through it. At the time I was looking for some new class warm-up ideas. I found that a lot of the more major textbooks warm-ups weren’t producing the conversations that I wanted from my students. But before we get into that let’s go over some the basics of this book.

ESL Textbook Review – Communicate 1 and 2

In this article were going to take a look at the “communicate” series of textbooks written by David Paul and published by Macmillan Heinmann. There are two books in the series, “Communicate One” and “Communicate Two”. The books are aimed at beginners and lower intermediate students. A teacher’s book, workbook and audio recordings can be downloaded for free off of their website. Each book has 30 lessons. Each lesson could take up anywhere from 40 minutes to 70 minutes depending on which activities you choose to do.

Teaching Standard English Class Primary Keypoints

Most classes are going to have a primary objective that you want your students to learn. We usually call these “key points”. There are many different methods towards teaching these “key points” and in this article we are going to explain one of the more popular methods. It’s important to remember that simply explaining the sentence structure or the grammar point or whatever the key point is, is not enough. You need to explain it, you need to introduce it in a conversation, and you need to practice it in written form and a speaking form as well. Let’s take a look.   Primary Objective Method Warm Up Sample Conversation (with the key point) Key Point Explanations Key Point Simple Practice (Written) Key Point Spoken Practice Game/Activity (with key poin...

Example Lesson Plan for Standard English Class

In this article you will find a sample lesson plan for conversational English classes. You’re more than welcome to use this lesson in your classes but the main goal is to provide an example and a template so that you can create your own lesson plans in the future. It’s important to remember that all classes and students are different. Something that works in one class might not work in another.  Don’t be afraid to change up your lesson plans as you see fit.   Type of class Standard Class (Conversational English class)   English level Beginner/Upper Beginner   Class time 60 minutes   Teaching key points Superlatives   Lesson plan Greeting/Mini Free Talk Introduction to lesson point-Superlatives Example sentences Sample Conversation Conversation Related Questions Per...

How to Teach Secondary Objectives in a Standard Class

In this article going to take a look at some different methods that you can use to teach various secondary key points to your students. The secondary key points that we will look at are mostly for “standard” classes but they can really be used in any different type of class. Because the “standard” classes are so broad there are quite a number of different secondary key points that you can use. Let’s take a look.   Secondary Objective Methods Vocab Builder Listening Exercise Pronunciation Telephone Practice Role Playing Activity Conversation Strategies Writing activity Short conversation Reading Activity Culture Focus Vocab builder Vocab builders are simply activities that focus on teaching students new words. Most textbooks that you find will have various vocabulary building activitie...

How to Teach Primary Key Points for English Classes

Most classes are going to have a primary objective that you want your students to learn. We usually call these “key points”. There are many different methods towards teaching these “key points” and today we are going to explain one of the more popular methods. It’s important to remember that simply explaining the sentence structure or the grammar point or whatever the key point is, is not enough. You need to explain it, you need to introduce it in a conversation, and you need to practice it in written form and a speaking form as well. Let’s take a look.   Primary Objective Method Warm Up Sample Conversation (with the key point) Key Point Explanations Key Point Simple Practice (Written) Key Point Spoken Practice Game/Activity (with key point) OR Simp...

Introduction to the Standard English Class

In the next couple of articles we are going to go over the most common type of English class that you may teach. This class goes by many different names depending on the school that you are at but for simplicity sake here we are going to refer to this class as the “standard” class. What is a “standard” class? A standard class is a basic English class that teaches conversational skills to students. Standard classes include pretty much everything that an English student could use or want to learn. Depending on your students and what type of school you are teaching at, more than likely the focus of this class will be on conversational English. There will be other classes that might focus on grammatical skills, writing skills, and reading ability but generally most teac...

Introduction to Teaching an English Conversation Class

In the next couple of articles we’re going to go over one of the more common types of classes that you may teach at an English school. These classes we generally call “discussion” classes. There are various types of discussion classes but they all have the same common goal, which is to allow students a place and time to practice their English in conversations with other people. These classes are different from the “standard English” classes in that there’s not necessarily a key point that the teachers are trying to teach the students, the teachers are trying to get the students to initiate conversations. During these conversations the students will have chances to use anything that they have learned in the previous “standard English” classes. The k...

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