ESL Student Teachers Ready to Start their First Job

esl-curriculumYou have arrived at the location of your new English second language teaching position. Your first class of teens and adults begins tomorrow morning. You’re feeling nervous, excited and a little overwhelmed by your new surroundings. What can you do to help yourself feel more secure?

No matter where you are, your students won’t know you and they may not know each other. They will likely be curious about you. They’ll want to know if you are alone, they’ll want to hear about your family and they’ll be interested in where you are from. Some of your personal interests may become an important link for making friends. You don’t likely speak their language and it’s important that you speak only English while in class. To facilitate communication you can prepare some pictures of yourself, perhaps some of your special interests and/or a map of your homeland.

In addition to the above suggestions, take an activity that would be suitable for almost any English second language level. We suggest one that introduces the students to each other. It’s very important to get them talking and laughing during that first lesson.

We suggest that you begin the lesson with introductions.

When you are ready to start the class write your name on the board and say, “My name is ______.”

Then have the students introduce themselves in the same way. It is best to have the class organized in a U shape so they can see each other and the board at the front of the room.

As you listen to the students talk you learn a little about their level of English. In order for everyone to get to know each other, continue using any of your own ideas or any of the suggestions mentioned above.

Your next step may be one of several possibilities according to the decisions made by your employer.

– You may have been provided with a curriculum and told the English language level of your students.

– Your employer may want you to choose from a variety of programs available in the teacher’s library.

– You may have been asked to give your students a levels placement test.

– You may have been asked to suggest an ESL curriculum.

No matter where you go you will need to adapt to your specific situation. Every culture is different and every class within that culture has unique qualities. Have fun with your students, find programs that make them laugh and they’ll love learning English.

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About brian_mu8dft39

Successful ESL was created out of our first company, Learning English With Laughter which began in 1990 when we, George and Daisy Stocker, traveled to the historic city of Karlovy Vary in Czechoslovakia, to teach English in a private language school. Communism was over and the people were embarking along the road to democracy. There were hundreds of students eager to learn the English Language, but suitable textbooks were non-existent. Consequently, we wrote as we taught, making countless revisions as we listened to the students' special needs. Upon returning to our home in Victoria, Canada, we have adapted the Teen-adult Series to meet the cultural needs of students in a number of different countries. A variety of adaptations have been achieved through contacts with many countries. Thousands of students have encouraged us to use a conversational approach to English that stresses communication in a variety of everyday situations. See our facebook page:
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16 Responses to ESL Student Teachers Ready to Start their First Job

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    Daisy and George Stocker
    Successful ESL Ltd.
    Learning English With Laughter Ltd.

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