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English Teaching Tips

Teaching English is on the face of it an easy job. You speak your native language and help non-native speakers to improve their level through conversation and targeted practice and exercises. For new teachers, however, it can be daunting at first not knowing how you should plan your lessons. Which games should you play, and how should you fill the pauses in a conversation class?

If you work at a children's centre, most of your classes will revolve around a syllabus of very simple words and phrases. Your lessons will be high energy, playing lots of games to 'distract' your students from the fact that they're studying. These games will either be on the interactive whiteboard or involve flashcards. You'll be given plenty of ideas of different games to play during your training, and foreign teachers often swap tips with each other. You can also find tons of resources online. With children it's important to capture their imagination through stories in order to motivate them to study, so the target vocabulary is often presented in story form.

Teaching adults is more varied and you may find yourself teaching general conversation classes, business English classes, or preparation for exams like IELTS or TOEFL. Many teachers find this variety in their working schedule highly rewarding. With adults, your students are more able to connect with you and ask interesting questions about the language points you're teaching them, or about Western culture.