Practice Makes Perfect English Vocabulary for Beginning ESL Learners by Jean Yates download in pdf, ePub, iPad
This is an essential question and there are many answers. This is not intended to be a flippant answer. Researchers have found that language learning takes place most effectively when learners are engaged in interesting tasks that allow plenty of meaningful interaction with sympathetic native speakers. Performance and reliability cookies These cookies allow us to monitor OverDrive's performance and reliability. In my room I have a comprehensive set of materials called Culturegrams.
There are various reasons why this is the case. Students may believe that having fun in the classroom is incompatible with learning. As an example, consider the topic of pollution. To tell a Korean mother that her son does not take full advantage of the learning opportunities offered to him will probably not communicate effectively what you are trying to telling her. But it is important that this does not happen regularly.
Students are usually even more sensitive about their pronunciation than their grammar, so be very careful how you deal with such problems. In general it is important that parents are not left feeling frustrated, confused or embarrassed after meeting with you. On a more general level, it is useful if the culture and history of the student can be incorporated into lessons. Once again, however, it is undesirable if it is happening too often. Conversely, some students may feel the teacher has no confidence in them if they are never called on.
You may also wish to read my answer to parents who ask a similar question. Of course, it is very important that the language of the test questions and tasks is unambiguous, so the student can quickly understand what she has to do. However, there are occasions where it can be quite acceptable for a student to speak his or her own language. For example, they let us know which features and sections are most popular.
In most cases however these students are learning and will emerge from their silent cocoon some time later with a surprising ability to express themselves orally. Students may find it difficult to come to terms with the open and friendly relations between teachers and students. If such conditions prevail, then there is no filter or barrier preventing the natural acquisition of language - provided that the input is comprehensible, interesting and relevant.
Shy students will feel very stressed in class if they believe that the teacher may call on them at any time. Students may be uncomfortable with some expectations regarding teacher-student behaviour e. For example, it is unrealistic to expect them to know what you mean when you talk about authentic assessment or Learning Center. They generally benefit from a classroom where students are called on to reply to questions rather than allowed to shout out answers. Even if you are sure that the student in question can take a joke, there may be others of the same nationality in the class who would be offended.
See my advice sheet on this topic. This excludes the teacher and other students, and switches the students off from the focus of the lesson. Students may be severely embarrassed if reprimanded or excessively praised in front of others.
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