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by petershell
21 Oct 2010, 13:46
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Language barriers in teaching
Replies: 4
Views: 5476

Re: Language barriers in teaching

Hi Amy, What type of materials do you have to work with? There are a lot of great books for kindies to work with these days. Having a good book to do a a page or two in a class really helps. Use a lot of flashcards, flashcard games, draw pictures and sing songs. Also for young learners use TPR activ...
by petershell
23 Sep 2010, 10:10
Forum: Teaching Young Learners
Topic: Talking about forms to elementary kids
Replies: 3
Views: 6947

Re: Talking about forms to elementary kids

Hello,
In Korea I just tell my students that we do that because it is the law of English and they accept that because they are used to hearing about the "laws" of the Korean language in their Korean classes.
It works!!!
by petershell
23 Sep 2010, 10:03
Forum: Teaching Young Learners
Topic: Grammar for Kindergarten
Replies: 21
Views: 41549

Re: Grammar for Kindergarten

Hello everyone, My colleagues and I have been successful in teaching grammar to kindergarten students. The students know how to use singular and plurals and "a" or "an". They also can use the past tense in a few situations. The students are already aware of singular and plural and present and past t...
by petershell
20 Sep 2010, 12:11
Forum: Teaching Young Learners
Topic: theory versus practice
Replies: 5
Views: 12461

Re: theory versus practice

I think theory is wonderful inspiration.
Studying theory leads me to contemplate the art of teaching a lot more and has certainly helped me to evolve as a teacher.
Even if I don't entirely agree with the theory it still helps me to develop.
by petershell
17 Sep 2010, 13:30
Forum: Teaching Young Learners
Topic: Out of control boys! How could I manage them?
Replies: 10
Views: 11570

Re: Out of control boys! How could I manage them?

Hello, I think your attitude is vital as well as having good techniques. You need to remain calm and centred inside even though in some cases you have to be angry on the outside. Remember you are the teacher and they are the students. Here are some videos of a couple techniques you can try: http://w...
by petershell
16 Sep 2010, 13:30
Forum: Teaching Young Learners
Topic: Lesson preparation
Replies: 3
Views: 15326

Re: Lesson preparation

Hi Laura, I do zero preparation (unless I am starting a new book) for most classes although that has not always been the case. In the beginning and before I found my way I spent about an hour preparing for 5 classes. I rarely made notes as my lessons were all designed around textbooks. I looked over...
by petershell
16 Sep 2010, 11:09
Forum: Teaching Young Learners
Topic: Where to begin when teaching a young learner?
Replies: 7
Views: 16055

Re: Where to begin when teaching a young learner?

Hi,
I've been teaching young learners for the last 8 years.
I would like to recommend this site: www.monkeyface-esl.com
I'm sure you'll find plenty of comprehensive materials there.
There are teacher's guides too.
by petershell
16 Sep 2010, 11:04
Forum: Teaching Young Learners
Topic: A super-slow learner in my class, any suggestions?
Replies: 8
Views: 14917

Re: A super-slow learner in my class, any suggestions?

Hello, It sounds like you are doing everything you can. I personally know of no "secret methods" to help you. I think you should try to be patient and just keep trying. Some of the weak students I've had have suddenly taken great leaps forward whilst others have continued to show few signs of improv...
by petershell
17 Nov 2009, 13:44
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: The “Getting Students to Read” Problem
Replies: 2
Views: 3567

Re: The “Getting Students to Read” Problem

Of course content is extremely important but one thing that should not be overlooked is the difficulty level. If the level is too easy students may feel insulted and also that they are wasting their time. If the level is too high most students will be loathe to tackle it and have to put in a lot of ...
by petershell
12 Nov 2009, 14:01
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Dress for Success
Replies: 5
Views: 7083

Re: Dress for Success

I agree totally about about the importance of dressing appropriately.
In Korea they have a saying "Clothes give you wings."
by petershell
12 Nov 2009, 13:46
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: am a complete newb with basic questions
Replies: 5
Views: 5016

Re: am a complete newb with basic questions

As far as having no teaching experience goes that is not a problem. I know many teachers who started teaching abroad with no experience whatsoever and they have managed to find their way and some have become skilled ESL instructors. You've obviously spent a lot of time with teachers in the leraning ...