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This unit gave some helpful advice for teaching beginners of English language, and the different types of beginners I may encounter, such as young or adult beginners, and those who have had some practise in the past, as well as those who have no knowledge of the Roman alphabet. The levels that students are at should dictate the types of activities chosen for the lesson, according to their needs. When teaching beginners it's helpful to use lots of repetition and revision, ask questions, pace the lesson so that not too much is being covered at once. Keeping the lessons as visual as possible, with less focus on board work, should maintain the student's interest. When the class has a mix of students at different levels, a uselful idea is to pair more advanced students with those less advanced, and take care to monitor that all students understand the lesson objective, or current activity. Overcorrection is not necessary - for the students to be comfortable using and experimenting with the new language, the class should be a relaxed and supportive environment.
When teaching young learners, it helps to be visual and use lots of realia. Vary the activities, and keep them short. Revision and repetition is very important. Make lessons fun, and be consistent with rules such as punctuality. Give clear, short instructions and above all make lessons fun. Use what interests the children wherever possible - this goes for all students actually.
Business english classes can be one on one, as a company group or a language school group. Extensive knowledge of their field isn't necessary - they will need to learn english language relating to telephone calls, presentations or letter/email writing. As with all learners, flexibility within the lesson plan is a must. If the students are tired after working all day, a casual conversation class could be used instead of following the lesson plan. At the start of the course, students should be tested to find out their level, so classes can be planned accordingly. Then a needs analysis should be given to find out specifically what they need from the course, the priorities of what they wish to learn for their business. They can first fill out a questionairre and then present their desires to the class, and there can be a discussion on how the course will progress. Aim to cover most individual needs, but focusing on the common ones, the keep the class coherant. Students should be evaluated throughout the course so any issues can be addressed.
When conducting monolingual classes, some benefits are that the students will likely have similar problems with the language, so these can be focused on as a class. The culture is shared, so lessons can be planned to relate to their culture. With multi lingual classes, there will be different cultures and language problems. They will not be able t communicate in their mother tongue, unlike with monolingual classes, so this can be an advantage, meaning they will have to communicate in english. I think I would enjoy teaching a multilingual class, having students from various background could bring interesting discussions to the class.