101 Teaching Tips
- Published on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 23:35
101 Teaching Tips is a collection of teaching tips for the ESL teacher. Some of these tips concern such things as public speaking, how to use your body in the classroom, how to deal with students who don't want to learn, how to best use your voice, appropriate ways of correcting your students, classroom management and more. 101 Teaching Tips can be downloaded (PDF) or listened to on video.
A few sample tips
1. There is no one way to teach.
Using your body
2. Movement. A still class can be a bored class. Certainly it's important to have the students sitting at their desks for portions of the lesson, however that time should be limited. Movement is key to breaking up boredom and stasis in your class. Use activities that get the kids up, moving around and interacting. Movement is important on your part as well. If you are always teaching from the same place your students will get bored. Move about the room as you teach. This will help keep your students on their toes.
3. Facial expressions. Have an open face, with your brows up versus a frown and a cold face. Smile:) A smile shows that you're happy to be there. Make sure that it's an appropriate time to smile and most importantly that it's genuine. A warm open face with your eyebrows lifted up a bit will increase your likability.
4. Use gesture. Use your body to speak. Use your arms and hands to make appropriate gestures. These can be like handshakes or hugs to your students.
5. Eye contact. Before you speak to your students get their attention and eye contact. Your eyes should roam about the room and make contact with all of your students eyes.
Listen to them on video