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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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.
How do professional writers and translators write their text? How do they translate their work into English? In this episode, we talk with Isabel again, and I ask her about her creative process. She takes us through her process of finding clients and how she approaches writing a text copy in Spanish and English. We also play a fun word association game at the end.
As always, after the interview we have a lesson explaining some of the key words and vocabulary that you will have heard in context as well as answers to the questions below. Take the quiz below as your listening and see how many you can answer.
More information about Isabel's work: https://www.estudiopalabra.com/
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