Hello there teachers, The topic of this post addresses how to teach reading to children with low levels of vocabulary and grammar without using the native language. In most cases for a reading task the teacher asks a student to read while the others listen. This involves passive sitting for everyone except for the person reading. There are many ways to make reading a passage in class a more interesting event. Continue reading
Not being able to speak the local language can be a blessing in disguise for an ESL teacher because you are forced to use English all the time in class.
On arriving at my local school in Nepal I found that even some of the English teachers had trouble understanding me, never mind the pupils! This was because of their own low level of English and also the fact that my English accent was unfamiliar to them, so used to a “Nepali-English” accent were they. Therefore chatting away to your class is not an option in this type of situation. You will most likely alienate and discourage your pupils if you hit them with a wall of incomprehensible talking.
So if you cannot speak the local lingo, how do explain things to the children, such as a grammatical concept or how to play an English language game? Continue reading