Teaching Adult ESL Classes

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Anyone teaching an English as a Second Language (ESL) class for the first time is likely to be nervous, particularly if this is their first time. If you're somewhat apprehensive about how you should be approaching these classes, utilize these ESL teaching tips.

Find Out About Your Students

Before all else, have some introductory time with your class. Find out as much as they're willing to share about their work, families and lives. This will help you understand any unique challenges and experiences. Knowing more enables you to better tailor your classes to those you're instructing. You may be less likely to assign weekend homework if you know all your students are busy with children or another job, for example.

Create Your Own Materials

While the textbook may be excellent, look for ways to use the information you've gotten about your students to create material that will be relevant to their lives. For instance, you may come up with vocabulary lists containing words which may be used in their work. You might have an activity that includes filling out documents or paperwork that they would need to complete outside of class. You might have students enact scenarios that might take place with neighbors or English-speaking friends. This kind of personalization will engage your students and keep them focused on what you want them to learn.

Have Office Hours

It's not always easy for adults to admit they need help, especially in a group. Having office hours can allow them to seek you out for extra help or to ask questions that they would be embarrassed to ask in class. Your own time outside of class may be limited, but you don't have to free up your entire schedule; an hour or two a week could be enough time.

Ask for Feedback

Without feedback from students, you could make errors that make learning harder. Of course, as you teach you're likely looking for visual clues that you're doing well; smiles and correct answers will let you know a lesson is sinking in. However, asking directly can often help you glean information you wouldn't have otherwise. Be sure that you're asking as much as you can for students to tell you what's working and what might need to be changed.

Your effectiveness as a teacher can be increased if you're using this article's information. Discuss your classes with peers for more teaching assistance. Contact a school, like Interactive College Of Technology, for more help.

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