Teaching Esl

Written by Rylee Newton
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People who teach ESL have to face many different challenges. One of the most difficult challenges teachers face every day is getting students excited about learning. Many young students who speak other languages simply don't understand the need for English education. These students often speak another language in their home, which adds to the belief that English simply isn't necessary for survival.

Another challenge many English teachers face is dealing with the fragile self-esteem of many young students. Surviving teenage years is already difficult enough without having to face the additional challenge of speaking a different language than all of your peers. Many foreign students want to learn English, but they're afraid to sound silly during the process. ESL teachers need to create a safe learning environment for these students.

Lesson Planning for ESL Students

One of the keys to successful ESL instruction is proper lesson planning. One of the biggest challenges for creating lesson plans is to make them interesting and fun. In addition, it's important to see growth in students over time. Lesson plans should always be age appropriate. For example, young students often respond to creative lesson plans. These lesson plans often involve building blocks, coloring books and even classroom games.

Older students often respond to lesson plans that involve discussion or classroom participation. As students enter their teen years they begin to develop strong opinions regarding all kinds of different subjects. During this time, students tend to want to practice their speaking skills. The more opportunities you can provide to speak conversational English, the better. During this time, students also need to start writing college admissions essays. It's a good idea to focus some of your lesson plans on career planning as well.

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