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ESL Strategies to Construct Science Learning - AMNH
Remember to focus on the students, not on the book. Don't let the coursebook control your class. You must control the book and use it as a tool to help your students. Even if following the book closely is obligatory, there are ESL teaching strategies to help you deal with the book, without it dominating.
Chapter Three: Adult ESL Classroom Strategies and Lesson Ideas
Knowing plenty of ESL teaching strategies is very good, but when talking about how to teach ESL, it would be strange not to mention the subject itself- English. Being a native speaker or fluent in English is of course, a good start, but is not enough by itself. If you are a native speaker you will intuitively know when something is right or wrong. As an English teacher you will need to be able to say why, and suggest ways to correct it.
Here are some ideas for ESL teaching strategies that have worked well for myself and many other teachers. They are things I wished I had understood better when I began teaching English.Any list of ESL teaching strategies should mention the importance of recycling language. It's not enough to rely on the coursebook to do this. The teacher must actively recycle language in the classes, building up on what has been taught and practiced before.The most basic ESL teaching strategies deal with this. Plan your lessons carefully so as not to overwhelm - or underwhelm - the students, show warmth and interest in your students and their needs [this is especially important when teaching English to children]. Use humor to help the students relax. Give your students a feeling of mastery and accomplishment in the language they can use.How should a teacher prepare? ESL teaching strategies for preparing include: deciding exactly what you want to do in the class, and how you will achieve your aims is the most important. Other things include: collecting together all the things you need before going into the classroom; thinking of original ways of practicing the language; writing short readings/listenings for the students; making photocopies; preparing questions or exercises; checking that the CD player works and is plugged in; checking that your markers are full of ink; checking that the classroom you are using has an eraser and that the chairs are in order for your class; reading through any materials you will be using in class; deciding which words need explanation and practice, and how you will explain and practice; planning a few short filler activities in case you finish early.