Teaching Foreign Languages

Written by Ingrid Chen
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Foreign language teachers have an endless supply of resources when it comes to finding workbooks, textbooks, and software for aiding the student learning process. In public schools, teachers may already have ready supplies of books and workbooks, but private foreign language teachers may not have this convenience. Private teachers have the freedom to choose from all types of aids available today.

Many foreign language teachers not only use textbooks for teaching a new language to students, but they also use a variety of other media. Using media such as video, tapes, real foreign magazines or books, and music is an excellent way to expose students to how the foreign languages are used in their native speaking countries. Students grow more accustomed to hearing the language used, and reading the grammar and vocabulary.

Not only are these traditional forms of media used for teaching foreign languages, but many teachers now turn to the Internet as well. Online, students may access current news and newspapers, live radio, live television, and additional materials for practicing and teaching foreign language. In some schools, the use of computers in foreign language studies is quite common, where students practice language exercises with foreign language learning software.

The teaching aids necessary will depend on the age group being taught. If youngsters make up the class, using dolls and picture books, as well as fun DVDs, can really help the kids to become engaged. On the other hand, if you are teaching adults, you may want to continue a multi-media approach (American films in foreign languages can really help), but with a focus on the usefulness of the skills they are learning. You will also want to incorporate the teaching of colloquialisms into your coursework.


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