viernes, 16 de abril de 2010

Tips for Teaching English to Beginners.

30 Top Tips for teaching beginners (Some are more important than others!)

Methodology and techniques

1- Teaching beginners requires special skills and psychology

2- Be aware of your students’ needs

3- Have clear and realistic aims – don’t try to do too much too quickly

4-Adapt to suit your situation

5-Arrange the classroom

6- Be as visual as possible

7- Take care with your board work

8- Control your language

9- Give clear, simple instructions

10- Pace your lessons

11- Use choral repetition

12- Use pair and group work

13- Ask lots of questions

14- Encourage students to speak English in class as much as possible

15- Don’t use the students’ mother tongue even if you know it

16- Revise constantly

17- Homework is important

Possible problems

18- What can you do with a mix of real and false beginners? The reality is that both have very similar needs. Many false beginners will ask to start from scratch anyway!

19- How can you help weaker students? Pair them with stronger students. Give them extra work to allow them to catch up.

20- What if you cannot get through all the planned material in a single lesson? Don’t rush through it. Save it for next time or for revision purposes. A common mistake teachers make is going too quickly.

21- What if you run out of material in a lesson? You really shouldn’t, but if this happens, simple revision, review activities and games can be used as fillers.

22- What if students cannot understand the tape? Play it again. Listening skills take time to develop and students should gain as much exposure to different accents and speech patterns as possible. If the students still can’t understand after a number of listening, the teacher can give out the tape script (usually found at the back of the course book) or read it out more slowly. This should be the final option.


23- Do not over-correct

24- Do not have the book open all the time

25- Be sensitive to your students

26- Respond to your students as individuals

27- Create a relaxed and supportive atmosphere

28- Praise and encourage

29- Focus on what is easy, not what is difficult

30- Explain your methods

Significant Strategies Exchange del Programa de Idiomas 2010

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miércoles, 14 de abril de 2010

V Festival de Tradiciones Venezolanas "Venezuela... Biodiversity and Traditions 2010" del Programa de Idiomas

Last March, The Fifth Venezuelan Traditions Festival was held in the installations of two schools of Secretaria de Educación in Carabobo state. It was a great festival where children and teachers did their best to achieve the objective of the festival. In it the children of the schools that participated in that event performed owesome presentations showing the biodiversity of the states of Venezuela. The two days of the Festival, there were many people from differents schools and special people who were invited to it. This year, the children as well as the teachers showed their effort and the creativity in this festival.