Unit 3 The Teaching and Learning of ESOL
Module 1 The Basic Principles of TESOL
At the end of this module you will:-
a) have a basic understanding of the principles of good ESOL teaching
b) understand the importance of a caring environment in the classroom
c) know why lack of consideration of these principles could hinder language production and progress
d) understand the need for communicative teaching
e) have some idea of the concept of communication versus correctness
One of the basic principles of good ESOL teaching is making sure that our students CAN succeed. In order to do this we should consider the following questions at the beginning of every new group/class.
How do I involve the students?
How do I prompt students to want to learn and look forward to their lessons?
How do I encourage them to work hard?
How do I ensure they are happy?
UNHAPPY STUDENTS LEARN VERY LITTLE
WE NEED OUR STUDENTS TO BE HAPPY
Over the years there have been many varied approaches to teaching English eg 'structural', 'notional', 'communicative' etc. and each promises to be the best, the new way to faster success. None will work in isolation. Successful English teaching is not only a question of method, but also of student/teacher relationships. You must be interested in your students. The student must need/want to learn AND the teacher must also need/want the student to learn. Encouragement is of great importance. Students need to feel they are progressing; this feeling comes, on the whole, from the teacher. (More about this later in this module.)
LOOK AFTER YOUR STUDENTS
Self-esteem is very important in language learning.
In order to achieve our aim of ensuring that our students are happy and feeling secure (and therefore able to learn), we not only teach them and give them...