Teaching ESL Student

by Cheema

Teaching ESL Student - My strategies for teaching them

There is a famous Chinese proverb which says, “Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself”. Teaching English as a secondary language is an exceptionally beneficial and fascinating profession.

I have always loved teaching ESL students because in this profession the learning in not one-way but it’s a two-way education. Since most of the ESL students are adults, thus the teacher also learns from the experiences of his class.

My experience of teaching ESL students has been awesome and gratifying. I have learnt a lot about the cultures, traditions, native expressions, political structure, social norms, and national customs from my students with diverse backgrounds.

Every ESL class is an opportunity to teach as well as learn from my students.
Although the ESL students can be divided into two categories based on the age of the students, which are the young ones and the adults; but primarily there are two types of students including the beginners and the advanced students.

In this article I shall be sharing some of my strategies to teach ESL to beginners or slightly advanced students. Following strategies are helpful in teaching English as a secondary language to new students:-

• Plan Before Hand. It is very critical that you enter the class with thorough preparation. You must have a clear picture in your mind about what you intend to teach your class on a particular day. You should also be in possession of the teaching material, which you are going to need during the class, for example, work sheets, flash cards, etc.

• Maintain Eye Contact. Maintaining a healthy eye contact speaks high about the confidence of a teacher in himself and about his firm grasp over the subject. It is very important to maintain a enthusiastic eye contact with your students, in order to keep their interest alive.

• Make Learning Fun. ESL learning can be made fun easily by employing various ESL teaching techniques. You can use different ESL songs, ESL worksheets, ESL short stories and ESL flash cards to develop the interest of your students in the lesson.

• Keep the Weak Students Along. As a good ESL teacher, you must take your weak students along with the bright ones.

• Teach ESL as a Wholesome Package. ESL must be taught as a wholesome package which incorporates the development of all four skills including speaking, listening, writing and reading.

• Making Use of Internet. Internet offers endless opportunities and it can go a long way in helping an ESL teacher as well. You can make use of internet in your class to teach interesting things. ESL games, tests, worksheets, practice exercises and lessons can be used online to gain proficiency in learning ESL.

• Combining the Learning Elements. In the end, you must be able to unite the learning elements which you have taught by using the four skills. If a student learns grammar, it does not mean that he will be able to speak perfect English. You must help him in employing his knowledge in his speech as well and this will come with practice only.

In short, I can say that all the four skills must be taught or developed in perfect harmony with each other. By employing the above mentioned strategies, you can achieve your goal conveniently.

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