Thorough reminder of a teacher of English language


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1/listen to BBC podcasts a minimum of three times and focus on audios

2/watch videos on @YouTube, @euronews, BBC

3/read daily newspapers (The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Guardian)

4/be a reader of readers

5/use more than two grammar books (get every new handbook one finds out): Michael Swan, How English works (Oxford U.P); Nigel Barnsley, Business Elements (Mc Graw Hill)

6/fancy literature a lot

7/use dictionaries

8/get blocs & pens to take notes

8/practise pronunciation through phonetics theory and practice

9/ be good at your subject matter (specific topics of business, English grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, writing)

10/use specific points or anecdotes to make your classes attractive (magazines, exercises, newspapers, flashcards)

11/have exercises ready in advance (handouts, short messages, mock tests, readings, dictations, &c) to provide them to your students via @moodle, for example

12/use technology inside and outside your classes (blogs, social media, online dictionaries)

13/ teach your students practical things: how to tell the time, how to say numbers or dates, how to do small talk, how to make comments. Help your students to be curious on history, geography and culture

14/show your students apparently useless things such as games, pastimes, sudoku or whatever

15/speak English

16/let your students participate freely

17/use the blackboard

18/move around the classroom

19/encourage your students to memorize vocabulary and write brief comments to improve their writing expression

20/travel to the UK as many times as possible

21/be a radio listener

22/try international projects (e.g: Skype, eTwinning)

23/be humble enough to register in MOOC and NOOC courses for teachers

24/certificate knowledge and progress by official institutions (ESOL and others)

25/be good at Spanish

 

 

 

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