Adult English Classes

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.

Teaching Travel English Secondary Key Points

In this article we are going to introduce you to various methods for teaching travel English classes secondary objectives. In most classes you’ll have a list of things that you want to teach your students. The most important things are often called primary objectives, or primary key points. Any goals that are not in this group are usually called secondary objectives or secondary key points. These secondary objectives can be used in various ways. One way is when you have extra time in your class and you’ve already gone over all of your primary objectives. You can use the extra time to practice and explain the secondary objectives. Another way to use the secondary objectives is to introduce them in your class so that your classes do not become too monotonous or boring. Doing the same thing o...

How to Teach the English Skills Need for the TOEIC Class

In this article we are going to go over some different ways that you can teach students the actual English skills they need to do well on the TOEIC test. Don’t forget that there are generally two ways to teach the TOEIC test. One way is to teach tactics and strategies for the test itself. The other way is to teach the actual English skills that will be needed to do well on the TOEIC test. In this article going to talk about the different skills that you’ll need to go over with your students. We will also give you a lesson plan template so that you have a general idea where to start when creating your own lesson plans.   Lesson Plan Template Your lesson plan will change depending on your lesson’s  key points, your student’s experience and English ability, and many other factors. Hopefu...

How to Teach How to Take the TOEIC Class

Different Goals As with most standardized test there are two different approaches to teaching for the TOEIC test. One approach is to teach how to take the test. This means that you teach strategies and tactics that can help you do well on the test. These tactics and strategies are unrelated to the English you need to do well the test. The second approach is to teach the actual English related skills needed to do well on the test. So this includes various vocabulary, grammar, listening practice and other related skills. So which approach should you use in your TOEIC classes? Well that depends on many different factors. Let’s take a look. If you have a student that already has a high level of English ability then more often than not it’s best to teach the tactics and strategies of the TOEIC ...

Example Lesson Plan for TOEIC Class

In this lesson plan, we are focusing on teaching the students the most efficient way to go about answering questions for the last section of the TOEIC test, the Short Reading section. The objective of this article is to give you an idea of how we create our own lesson plans and hopefully from this you will be able to develop your own lesson plans for your own TOEIC classes.   Type of class TOEIC   English level Intermediate   Class time 60-80 Minutes   Teaching key points In this lesson, we will be teaching students the most efficient way to do the “Short Reading” section of the TOEIC test. Most students will first read the entire reading passage, and then they will go to the first question, and then go back to the reading passage looking for information. This takes way...

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 Secondary Objectives in a Conversation Class

Secondary Objective Methods   Mind map Many students have difficulty continuing a conversation after an initial question. Mind maps help students practice thinking about related subtopics in a particular conversation. Click here for more information about mind maps (separate article)   Point of view/reading A good way to help students get started with any conversation is to have them read a sample conversation. If the subject is economics and then the sample conversation can be two people discussing various issues and opinions about economics. Generally the sample conversations will have sentence patterns and questions that the teacher will introduce to the students and write on the board.   Sentence patterns and personalization Sometimes it can help to provide students with...

Example Lesson Plan for Conversation Class (situation base)

Below you will find an example lesson plan for a situation base discussion class. Of course you can use this lesson plan as it is in any of your classes but the main reason we are providing this is so that teachers can have a general understanding on how to create their own lesson plans for their discussion classes. It’s best to look at this lesson plan as a basic template. Later on I’m sure that you will want to change many things or add other activities and exercises that you don’t see here. A good teacher will always consider their students experience, personalities and change their various lesson plans to reflect that.   Type of class Discussion Class (Situation Based)   English level Intermediate   Class time 70-90 minutes   Teaching key points Conversation Practic...

Example Lesson Plan for Conversation Class (subject base)

In this article you will find a sample lesson plan for of subject based conversation class. These conversation or discussion classes focus on giving opportunities to our students to practice their conversational skills. These are different from “standard” classes in that standard classes focus on the skills needed to have a conversation and English, these discussion classes focus on the actual discussions and conversations. The following lesson plan is best used as a template. You can follow it step-by-step and have a successful class but it’s better to use this as a general idea for creating your own lesson plans.   Type of class Discussion Class (Subject Based)   English level Advanced   Class time 70-90 minutes   Lesson plan Topic related warm-up questions Vocabulary...

How to Teach Free Discussion Conversation Class (free talk)

Today we will look at “free” conversation classes. In these classes there really is no “primary” objective. The “primary” objective is to have the students freely talk about any subject that you choose or that they want to talk about. You want the students to basically use everything that they’ve learned in any other classes here. This provides students with an opportunity to have a conversation that is very similar to any conversation they might have outside of the classroom. Of course this doesn’t mean that you should sit down in front of your students and tell them to “talk”. There is a method to conducting this type of class. But there really is not “primary objective” to teach. Your job in this class is more akin to a moderator in a debate or a coach watching their fighter spar. If th...

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