How to encourage ESL students to speak in English?

“Who would like to talk about their day today,” I asked expectantly. But, sadly, no one volunteered to speak out loud in English. This was a regular scenario in my classroom until a year ago. Most of my students find it easy to express their thoughts in English through writing. But when it came to speaking, there was an inherent fear of verbally butchering the language. As an English teacher, we all know that the point of speaking exercises is not to judge the student’s capabilities as an English speaker but to give them the confidence to express their thoughts and ideas freely in a language that they are not yet comfortable. But the truth is that most ESL students think twice before conversing in English.
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Engaging Students – online teaching — onlineteachingwithmegan

These are some really useful tips to improve student engagement in your online English classroom. Essential read for the times that we live in!

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everyone and welcome back 🙂 As an online English teacher, your classroom is very small. The students can only see your face, hand gestures and the wall behind you. So, use these to your advantage! I have taught English online for 6 and a half months now and I use the following techniques to keep […]

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Should You Take An Online AP Class? — adventures of a typical high school student

Found this great post for students who are confused about Online AP Class… Thought it was worth sharing!

Hello everyone! AP testing is almost over (to anyone who has an AP test tomorrow, best of luck!) for this year, and you probably have already selected your courses you’re taking next year. If your school doesn’t offer a lot of AP classes/a specific AP class you want to take, or your school limits when […]

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Ways to learn from home — Ms A Tutoring Services

While we all reeling from the devastating effects of COVID-19, one mustn’t forget the impact of pandemic on the education of children. With parents struggling to keep kids engaged at home, it is important to indulge your children in fun activities that will help them learn at the same time.

Just stumbled across this fantastic post on homeschooling and fun learning activities. Highly recommended reading!

Whether you are homeschooling your children, teaching online, or sharing knowledge with family over Skype, now is the time to try a range of different activities. I have tried to include materials that you may already have in your home. These activities could be adapted for ESL and I will outline the key learning points […]

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Strategies for Integrating Critical Thinking into Online ELT Classroom — ELT Reflections 

Why critical thinking? As one of the key components of life skills, critical thinking is a skill that everyone, young or adult, should be good at. What is critical thinking? Critical thinking is often used to refer to the ability to think clearly and reasonably about what to do and what to believe, the ability […]

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6 Ways to Help Anxious Children during Coronavirus — Behaviour101

While we scramble to keep our children busy in these days of quarantine, it is essential to identify if a child is showing symptoms of anxiety. With so much uncertainty around the future, children are bound to feel overwhelmed and anxious. I feel obligated to share this post as we all have our children’s best interests in our hearts. Do give it a read!

Do you have an anxious child right now? Will they benefit from direct strategies to combat this feeling or will a subtle approach work better? This article provides both.

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Tackle Children’s Anxiety with Journaling — Behaviour101

In these dark and uncertain times, it is easy to feel lost and lose all hope. But we must carry on as our children and family depend on us. Sharing a fantastic post about journaling that will take your mind off the problems for a while. Do read!

 

Do you know a child who is anxious right now or struggling to deal with uncertainty? Try guide them towards journaling using the following tips, prompts and science.

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Understanding why children misbehave

It is common sense to identify the problem before offering a solution. But the problem with today’s fast-paced world is that we don’t spend enough time understanding the problem, and are quick to jump to conclusions. Read this cool post why children misbehave. I believe every teacher should read it!

Throwing water on an electrical fire will not put the fire out, it can make things worse. Similarly, bringing out a reward chart to solve the wrong problem behaviour could exacerbate the situation.

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Planning Ahead for Professional Development

Found this well articulated piece while scrolling through my feed. I feel it’s worth sharing. Do give it a read!

We are in the dog days of the school year. It is tough. It is a grind. Everyone is looking toward Spring Break. We’ve done school with these rosters of classes for a while now. Sure, we’ve had several holidays, but they always end with parents making social media posts about how happy they are […]

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Ignoring Work-Life Balance

I am back! After a long hiatus from teaching and blogging, I finally feel ready to get back on the horse. For those of you who don’t know, I wasn’t keeping well in the last couple of months. I felt mentally exhausted and it lead to a lousy Christmas and lacklustre New Year. You could say I experienced what educators call a teacher’s burnout!

Through this post, I would like to talk a little about how work-life balance is essential for a teacher’s emotional and mental well-being. Most teachers have to juggle reviewing the curriculum, chalking out lesson plans, planning lectures and executing them in class, handling children from all walks of life, helping out in school administration, setting test question papers, correcting test papers, parent-teacher meetings, teacher conferences, and the list goes on and on…And not to mention the responsibility of imparting wisdom on students and inspiring them to improve. That’s a lot to handle, and over a period of time it can drain you mentally.

It is important to strike a work-life balance to flourish in your personal and professional life. Most teachers I know are workaholics and find trouble in allocating time for themselves every week. There is lack of boundaries between professional and personal life as our doors are always open to students in need.When you devote all your time to your profession, there is very little time for your family and friends. And this could lead to unwanted strain in relationships. While I understand whoever enters this profession loves to teach and enjoy talking to students, it doesn’t mean we can’t find couple of hours every week to unwind, and let our hair down. Reading a book, watching a movie, catching up with an old friend, spend quality time with family, indulging in a hobby, etc, is as important as teaching.

I learnt this the hard way. And after seeing some dark days where nothing seemed right, I am glad to say that I am back to doing what I love!