Teens are not exactly the easiest group of students for an EFL teacher to have in front of them. Combining fact that everybody tells them what to do, their normal teenage insecurities, and the ever-present hormone issue, they often don't know which side is up, so something has to give. It's always good to add more tools to your EFL/ESL toolbox to be better equipped to go into battle and help build these young minds.
In today's episode of the More Than English Podcast, Jesse will talk to Harry Waters about how to reach and teach teens and have fun in your TEFL classes. You will listen to ideas to feel less stress in your teen classes, teaching philosophy, classroom management, and a few fun EFL game ideas for you to take and adapt to your style and your classes.
The three EFL games you'll learn about in this episode are:
You'll get much more than just these. Harry shares with us how to play these games in your classes, how to make the rules, and how to get the most language and personal growth out of these games. It truly is More Than English.
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Asia is a hotbed for English education, and it has been for well over a decade. If you're making the move to teach English in South Korea, this episode will give you ideas and things to consider as you're making your decision and will help you with advice if you decide to make the move.
If you're already teaching in South Korea, you will find this episode interesting, and we'd love for you to share your opinions and best advice below to help others to be more informed.
A Different Perspective
We're talking with Luke Kim, the founder of Luke Look English. He will share a very unique perspective that many have never thought that much about... "What is a Korean person's advice to an ex-pat who is moving to South Korea to teach English?"
Luke shares some of his ideas and advice on:
- deciding to make the move
- adjusting once you're in South Korea
- expanding your options to make more money
- teaching adult students
Luke and Jesse discuss ways to treat yourself like a professional at your EFL teaching job.
Whether you're beginning your English teaching adventure, or you've spent a few years in South Korea, or any country, there is valuable information that you can take that will help you get to the next level in your teaching career... or after you are finished.
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If you are a teacher of young learners... I mean very young learners, you understand certain challenges that come with that job. It takes a lot of energy, love, and patience to teach a roomful of 4-year-olds, and on today's episode of the More Than English Podcast, you are going to learn THE ART of teaching kids a foreign language. Listen to the episode below or click here for the podcast homepage.
Jessica Yip is today's special guest teaching us the fundamentals of teaching very little kids. She talks to us about:
The main idea...
Make emotional connections with he kids. This is a principle that is consistent in being a good teacher no matter what age you're teaching. This also applies to little kids and babies. Jessica talks about teaching without teaching to make the students learn without realizing it.
Make the students feel powerful
By making the students feel powerful, you are helping them with more then English, you're helping them grow as people. In the episode, you will hear tricks like giving the students freedom and let them choose what they want to do, but within a set of boundaries.
One of the biggest messages from this episode is that positive reinforcement is your best friend. It will help you with class management, teaching your class material, and it will make the students look forward to your class time because you're making them feel BIG.
If you teach or have little ones...do yourself a favor
This episode is so full of great advice for working with kids in general because Jessica's tips are psychology tips for teachers of all ages.
If you teach older kids, teens, or adults, be sure to check out our FREE Lesson Resources that will help you lead dynamic and engaging classes with fun activities that will have your students practice real English.
If you live in Seville, Spain...
Jessica teaches in Seville center. If you're interested in signing up your students to learn from Jessica, visit Centro Norteamericano and find out how to enroll. Tell them Jesse sent you!
On the surface, teaching EFL/ESL is a straight forward subject. You help people with their English.
However, there's more to it.
The more you look, the deeper it goes. There are many moving parts in the EFL classroom, and if you want to be an effective English teacher, it's important to teach students the way they learn, and more importantly, teach English the way we use it!
We're going deep in this episode of the More Than English Podcast with Dr. Peter Crosthwaite Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics. Peter shares some ideas to remember in your LISTENING, WRITING, and CONVERSATION classes as well as introduces us to some CORPORA software that will revolutionize how we research words in English.
This episode is a bit longer and a little dense with information, but if you are interested in taking your EFL classes and teaching to the next level, this is full of insight into the EFL/ESL world. Not to mention, Peter roasts Jesse in a few parts.
So, what if...
- we looked at conversation classes differently and focused on LISTENING and SPEAKING together.
- we used Corpus software to teach vocabulary words IN CONTEXT?
- we taught HOW TO LISTEN in different ways for different situations?
To find out more about Dr. Crosthwaite, find his bio here.
Of course, we all know that the first impression is usually the strongest or most important. Sometimes students know us from past years, but each year is a chance to start over and surprise the students with a different slant on your teaching philosophy.
Don't start out the year with classroom rules.
If you're like me, you normally hear at orientations and opening teachers meeting to form your classroom rules in a positive way.
Instead of saying Don't speak your native language
Say Speak Only English
Instead of saying Don't do this and that
Say Respect Everybody
This is very good advice for creating classroom rules and setting a standard in the class. It is essential to phrase any kind of rule or command in a positive way, both for the students' confidence, but also it gives the best results.
But, what if...
... we didn't set class rules on the first day? The students have probably heard something like this every year in several different languages. They probably "know them".
... we focused on creating an environment for them "to practice" these rules that they know.
... we set the example and went first, and showed the students (sometimes undeserved) respect as an example of the behavior we want from them instead of just telling them.
If that sounds interesting...
That's what you'll hear about on the premier episode of the More Than English Podcast Season 2.
Along with talking about the points that are listed above, we will preview what you can expect on this season of the More Than English Podcast. Available anywhere you listen to your podcasts.
Classroom Management System
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