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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Learning language isn't much different than learning a sport, an instrument, or how to do anything. Repetition repetition repetition. You will perform how you practice.
In this episode, Jesse talks about studying English in a different way. Focus on the muscle memory with your brain and your mouth to get used to doing it the right way.
Jesse gives some tips and examples for you to practice this on your own or with your teacher. If you would like to study with Jesse, visit sweedacademy.com and sign up for a lesson.
Listen to the full episode below and then answer the listening questions.
True/False Listening Quiz
Answer these True/False questions as you listen:
1. Jesse is a sports trainer.
2. Muscle memory helps in sports, playing an instrument, and language learning.
3. The way you brush your teeth is an example of muscle memory.
4. Repeating yourself is boring and unhelpful.
5. The phrase 'I would like' is followed by 'to verb'.
6. Repeating words in your mind is a great way to improve pronunciation.
7. If you say a sentence correctly once, you know it.
8. Drilling will help you improve in everything.
Get a pen and paper or your voice recorder ready because this episode will be interactive. Jesse will guide you through the Proust Personality Test to go deep into getting to know yourself even better.
The Proust Personality Questionnaire is a fun exercise that will ask you different levels of personal questions that you probably don't think about in your daily life.
Answer these 35 questions honestly for yourself either orally or written, and you will surprise yourself. You will also learn some new vocabulary and have practice forming questions in English.
There is no vocabulary lesson at the end of this episode, but I explain some unusual vocabulary words during the test that will help you answer the questions. Let me know about your results.
How will it help me?
Some ways people have used this questionnaire:
- Having fun
- Writers and Actors/Actresses have used them to create characters
- Practice thinking in English
Option #1 - Grab a pen and a piece of paper and write down your answers to the following questions.
Option #2 - Use your phone voice recorder to record yourself saying the answers with the episode.
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
2. What is your greatest fear?
3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
5. Which living person do you most admire?
6. What is your greatest extravagance?
7. What is your current state of mind?
8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
9. On what occasion do you lie?
10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
11. Which living person do you most despise?
12. What is the quality you most like in a man?
13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
16. When and where were you happiest?
17. Which talent would you most like to have?
18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
21. Where would you most like to live?
22. What is your most treasured possession?
23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
24. What is your favorite occupation?
25. What is your most marked characteristic?
26. What do you most value in your friends?
27. Who are your favorite writers?
28. Who is your hero of fiction?
29. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
30. Who are your heroes in real life?
31. What are your favorite names?
32. What is it that you most dislike?
33. What is your greatest regret?
34. How would you like to die?
35. What is your motto?
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