How to Choose an ESL Teacher

I’m getting excited to get back to Canada to get rooted in Ontario and become part of the growing ESL community in Toronto.  It has made me realize how exhausting it can be for a non-native speaker to get by in such a busy place without having a complete grasp on the language.  It is probably the same feeling that I got trying to settle into Korea years ago.

So, I understand, with so many options available, it can be difficult to figure out the best way to choose an ESL teacher for yourself or your children.

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First, it is very important that you can create an easy-going and comfortable relationship with your teacher. You want to have the confidence to ask questions and bring ideas to the table of what you would like to cover.

photo credit: DavidDMuir

At the same time, you want a teacher that brings enthusiasm and creativity to a lesson.  A good teacher will do his or her best to get to know you and what you want to get out of the class.   They will bring materials to use to highlight lesson concepts that work best for your learning style.  It should be quite clear that your teacher puts forth an effort in making a coherent and flowing lesson for each class with clear objectives in a fun way!

You should feel like you achieved something when you leave a class.

The best teachers bring energy to each class so that students have no choice but to be energetic as well and forget that they are “in class,” but instead, having a fun hour with an English speaker.

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A good ESL teacher chose this field because he or she is interested in other cultures and helping non-English speakers learn the language, and not only be comfortable using it, but enjoy using it.

You can look online or in city directories to find various ESL institutes, so make sure their objectives and methods fit with what you are looking for.  The more questions you ask, the better you will understand a company’s or teacher’s viewpoints and personality.  photo credit: Philosoart

Language learning should not feel like a chore, so find a teacher with whom you really enjoy English “class.”


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How to Choose an ESL Teacher

I’m getting excited to get back to Canada to get rooted in Ontario and become part of the growing ESL community in Toronto.  It has made me realize how exhausting it can be for a non-native speaker to get by in such a busy place without having a complete grasp on the language.  It is probably the same feeling that I got trying to settle into Korea years ago.

So, I understand, with so many options available, it can be difficult to figure out the best way to choose an ESL teacher for yourself or your children.

Donaldson Word Cloud
First, it is very important that you can create an easy-going and comfortable relationship with your teacher. You want to have the confidence to ask questions and bring ideas to the table of what you would like to cover.

photo credit: DavidDMuir

At the same time, you want a teacher that brings enthusiasm and creativity to a lesson.  A good teacher will do his or her best to get to know you and what you want to get out of the class.   They will bring materials to use to highlight lesson concepts that work best for your learning style.  It should be quite clear that your teacher puts forth an effort in making a coherent and flowing lesson for each class with clear objectives in a fun way!

You should feel like you achieved something when you leave a class.

The best teachers bring energy to each class so that students have no choice but to be energetic as well and forget that they are “in class,” but instead, having a fun hour with an English speaker.

27retro

A good ESL teacher chose this field because he or she is interested in other cultures and helping non-English speakers learn the language, and not only be comfortable using it, but enjoy using it.

You can look online or in city directories to find various ESL institutes, so make sure their objectives and methods fit with what you are looking for.  The more questions you ask, the better you will understand a company’s or teacher’s viewpoints and personality.  photo credit: Philosoart

Language learning should not feel like a chore, so find a teacher with whom you really enjoy English “class.”


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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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