|www.mjcsmith.net||Mike Smith - teacher and trainer||Brisbane, Australia|
www.mjcsmith.net / Help for Teachers of English
English is a difficult language to teach well. Here is some advice to
help you, but it is by no means complete. Your best bet is to find a mentor
close by to where you work.
See also Help for Students of English.
1. Find a good school or work privately (how?).
2. Continue to learn about teaching (how?).
3. Understand what it is like to be a student (how?).
4. Fulfill the needs of your students (how?).
5. Build your own knowledge of English (how?)
It is a growing industry (good) increasingly dominated by commercial interests (bad). Schools, universities and private colleges have their place, but I'd like to see:
For language schools try the Australian Yellow Pages under Language Instruction.
Tools of the trade. The more you have, the better they are, and the better you can use them, the more successful you will be.
Any good book on teaching will do, but for ESL teaching fun learning activities, warmers, state changers and fillers are most useful.
Think of it like a continual training needs analysis on an emotional level. Learning performance is rarely about skill and intelligence. It is usually about motivation and confidence. As a teacher you spend most of your energy on those.
Much like empathy above, but on a more academic and literal level. As much as you can, you must tailor your teaching to the specific needs of the student. Two issues arise: what are those needs? and how do I find time and resources? See Training Needs Analysis.
Being a native speaker is not enough. Students want to know 'why...?' New teachers all have this nightmare. Do yourself a favour and keep ahead of the crowd.
The Mother Tongue
Explaining English Grammar (Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers)
The English Verb
Link to material.
|Updated 20 July 2004|