Mixin it Up in the Classroom

What’s the best way to teach a lesson in your ESL classroom?

There’s no set answer to that.  There are a whole range of correct answers.

First, we need to be comfortable and confident with the lesson objective and material.  If you are unsure of when and why to use the “past continuous”  structure, how can you ensure your students will achieve the aim of understanding that lesson?

In preparing for a lesson, review the concept with several examples so you are able to break down any difficult parts and be ready to answer questions.

Second, lesson prep should also include two important things:

1.  Choose an interesting subject that you can use to teach the language concept.  If you are familiar with your students, you may be able to find a topic that you know all students will respond to enthusiastically.  If you don’t know your students as well, you can pick a general interest topic to utilize during the lesson.

2.  From this topic, you can pull out vocabulary and/or structures and create ways to elicit the concepts from students (as opposed to a lecture-type lesson where student involvement, and usually interest, is very low).

Last, with a clear class objective made and relevant topic chosen, you can determine activity types to use that will help students show their comprehension (or lack thereof) and practice using the concept.

Understanding learning styles can assist us teachers with creating effective lessons.  Just as we have preferred learning techniques in our own lives, our students have similar preferences.

Photo Credit-Megan Preece Photography

Audio, visual, and kinesthetic learners will most likely be mixed in your ESL classroom. It is part of our job to become aware of these different preferences and incorporate them into our lessons by dividing a single class into several parts using different activities and styles.

It is a common occurrence that a teacher may lean towards using his own preferred learning style when teaching (a visual-learner teacher may use a large amount of visual aids).  However, it is important that we use the variety of learning styles in order to reach each student within his or her learning ability.

Overall, being well prepared for a lesson, using an interesting topic and a variety of learning style activities will make your lesson most enjoyable for students.  Language learning can be difficult and frustrating, but a teacher that takes time to address the needs and interests of his or her students will see positive results and enthusiastic students.

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Mixin it Up in the Classroom

What’s the best way to teach a lesson in your ESL classroom?

There’s no set answer to that.  There are a whole range of correct answers.

First, we need to be comfortable and confident with the lesson objective and material.  If you are unsure of when and why to use the “past continuous”  structure, how can you ensure your students will achieve the aim of understanding that lesson?

In preparing for a lesson, review the concept with several examples so you are able to break down any difficult parts and be ready to answer questions.

Second, lesson prep should also include two important things:

1.  Choose an interesting subject that you can use to teach the language concept.  If you are familiar with your students, you may be able to find a topic that you know all students will respond to enthusiastically.  If you don’t know your students as well, you can pick a general interest topic to utilize during the lesson.

2.  From this topic, you can pull out vocabulary and/or structures and create ways to elicit the concepts from students (as opposed to a lecture-type lesson where student involvement, and usually interest, is very low).

Last, with a clear class objective made and relevant topic chosen, you can determine activity types to use that will help students show their comprehension (or lack thereof) and practice using the concept.

Understanding learning styles can assist us teachers with creating effective lessons.  Just as we have preferred learning techniques in our own lives, our students have similar preferences.

Photo Credit-Megan Preece Photography

Audio, visual, and kinesthetic learners will most likely be mixed in your ESL classroom. It is part of our job to become aware of these different preferences and incorporate them into our lessons by dividing a single class into several parts using different activities and styles.

It is a common occurrence that a teacher may lean towards using his own preferred learning style when teaching (a visual-learner teacher may use a large amount of visual aids).  However, it is important that we use the variety of learning styles in order to reach each student within his or her learning ability.

Overall, being well prepared for a lesson, using an interesting topic and a variety of learning style activities will make your lesson most enjoyable for students.  Language learning can be difficult and frustrating, but a teacher that takes time to address the needs and interests of his or her students will see positive results and enthusiastic students.

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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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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