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An Introduction to Teaching English for Kindergarten Classes

  What to expect Most kindergartens will have an English teacher teach three separate classes. One class is for the four-year-olds, another class is for the five-year-olds and the last class would be for the six-year-olds. As the younger students have more of a problem concentrating for any length of time often the four-year-old classes are shorter than the other classes. I usually teach four-year-olds for about 30 minutes. Then the five-year-olds class will be around 40 to 45 minutes. Last the six-year-old class will be for 50 minutes. Keep in mind that every kindergarten does something a little differently. I have taught at kindergartens that wanted me to teach their one-year-olds and two-year-olds as well. I have also taught at kindergartens that group all ages together. Sometimes ...

English Activities for Kindergarten Classes

Game Progression Game progression here is defined as slowly increasing the complexity of the games and activities after every class. The first time you play a game or activity you are mostly focused on introducing the rules and how to play it. The second time you can add a few extra commands. The third time you can add some responses that you want students to say to your commands. Once your students have a good grasp of all the English that you use in an activity or game you want to slowly increase the difficulty and complexity of that game. With most games and activities you can do this quite easily.   Age Appropriate It’s important to remember that some games can’t be played with the younger students. The young students simply don’t have the self-discipline or listening skills to pl...

An Introduction to Teaching English to 13-16 Year Olds

The 13 to 16 year-old age range can be difficult for many teachers. These students are not necessarily “kids” and they are not “adults” either. Many games and activities that you have been able to use with younger children will suddenly be considered “childish” by the teenagers in this age group. In order to efficiently teach this age group we need to create a sort of “hybrid” class mixing some aspects of our children classes with some aspects of our adult classes.   What to expect There are many differences with this age group and younger children. This age group will certainly be much shyer and quieter as a whole. You will occasionally see students who have completely different attitudes and emotions from class to class. Some positive ...

An Introduction to Teaching English to 10-12 year olds

In this article we will take a look at some basic methods you can use to teach your children’s English classes for 10 to 12-year-old students. These classes are very common in English conversation schools as well as many elementary schools. Younger children’s classes mostly involve introducing key points and then practicing those key point using games and activities. Teenager classes also use games and activities but not to the same extant. Teenager classes have more textbook use, example conversations, more reading, more writing and homework. What we need to try to do with the 10 to 12-year-old children classes is create a bridge between the younger children’s classes that mainly revolve around games and the teenager classes that are more similar to adult classes. This is the challenge fo...

An Introduction to Teaching English to 3-6 Year Olds

What to expect The defining feature of teaching children this young is their inability to concentrate for long periods of time. Because of this we have to develop lesson plans that are short, fast and fun. We introduce a concept to the children, we play a game and then we move on to another activity. This can be very tiring for many teachers. But it is this “energy” that is so important to creating fun classes where your students are highly motivated and want to continue to study. Children at this age can often quickly improve their listening skills and they can quickly learn various vocabulary words. They have more difficulty with speaking in general and especially with any longer sentences.   Objectives (What you will teach) The basic objective for this class is to creat...

An Introduction to Teaching English to 0-2 Year Olds

What to expect Obviously these children are so young that for the most part they cannot speak in their own native language much less English. They also have extremely short attention spans and are prone to crying and tantrums. This means that the classes will almost certainly be conducted with the mothers nearby. Generally it’s best to have the infants sit in the mothers lap or in front of the mothers. Usually the mothers are very motivated to have their children study English as soon as possible because they want their children to have the best possible future prospects. I’m not going to lie to you; this can be one of the most difficult classes you will have. It mostly depends on your personality. I don’t want to stereotype but I have certainly found that women teachers ...

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 ...

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...

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...

How to Teach Subject Based Conversation Class

In this article we hope to give you an idea on how you can teach your discussion classes. In this article we are going to take a look at our subject based conversation class. Here we choose a specific subject to base our conversations and class around. For example, we can talk about friendships, economy, politics or any other subject. In this type of class our first priority is to have the students talk about the subject as much as we can. Secondly we want to teach them some vocabulary words related to the subject and hopefully give them an opportunity to use those words in their discussions. After that, we want to show students some example questions that they could ask each other, some sentence patterns that they can use to talk about the subject, and how to smoothly transition into othe...

How to Teach Situation Based Conversation Class

In this article we are going to take a look at a situation based conversation class. In many ways these classes are very similar to the previously discussed subject based conversation classes. But there are certainly differences. Our primary goal is still to have the students talk as much as possible. We also want to continue teaching vocabulary words related to the topic. But, we’re going to focus more on expressing your own point of view and listening to other people’s points of view in this class than in the subject based class. We’re also going to talk about strategies on how to agree or disagree with someone else’s opinion, about how to express your opinion and how to reinforce your opinion with various reasons.   Situation based conversation class Topic related warm-up questions...

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