3 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN TEACHING ENGLISH ABROAD

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It’s the first day of your new job teaching English abroad. You’re bound to be nervous and you’ll want to avoid mistakes.

3 tips to make sure your first day teaching English abroad runs smoothly:

Don’t Start a Class without a Game to Break the Ice

It’s a great way for you to get to know your students and for them to get to know each other. If you start off with a quick introduction and then straight into the class, the students won’t feel relaxed or comfortable. Making introductions and then play an ice-breaker. Choose a game which matches their level of English. For example, beginners could start with a game of Bingo. It’s a great way to break the ice and teach beginners numbers or colours. An Intermediate class could start off with a game of hangman using vocabulary they know already. When you’re teaching English abroad it’s good to have a list of ice-breakers to help you with new classes.

Don’t be tempted to skip the Lesson Plan

A lesson plan helps you focus on what’s to be taught and gives structure to your classes. It reminds you what your students need to know and how best to teach them. Even if you are using a course book a lesson plan is important. You will be able to write down ideas for explaining a point that you think the class won’t understand. Or, you can adapt an exercise in the book to make it relevant to your students. It will make you feel more confident too because you have been over the lesson and you know what you need to teach. As you become more experienced teaching English abroad, you’ll be able to be more flexible with lesson plans, but at the beginning of your career they will feel like a life saver.

Don’t Let Students Distract You

It’s easily done. Students want to know about you and may try to pull you away from the lesson by talking about something unrelated. If you don’t feel confident about being steered away from your lesson, tell your students they can ask you questions at the next class. Then you can plan a lesson using question terms. Create some activities using word sheets. Put a picture of you on the board with words that answer questions about you. The students can then use the lesson to practice wh-questions and find out a bit about you and why you like teaching English abroad.

Remember:

  • Don’t get stressed:
  • Be Confident
  • Believe in yourself
  • Enjoy your work

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