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Beginners that have already studied some English at some point in their life. Most of these learners have studied English at school, many for a number of years. These learners have usually had some contact with English since their schools years, but feel that they have little command of the language and therefore want to begin 'from the top'.
These are learners who have had no contact with English at all. They often come from developing nations and often have had very little education. These students are often more challenging to teach as the teacher cannot expect learners to understand even a minimal amount of English. The question, ?How are you?', will not be understood and the teacher must begin at the very beginning, usually with no common language with which to explain the basics. Naturally, a teacher starts with the basics but considers what they?ll need to know first. Does it make sense to start with a list of foods in English? Or colors or numbers? Probably not. What they need to know first is how to introduce themselves and greet others. Give priority to the language they will need first and foremost.
Absolute beginners will tell you they don?t speak English ? until the very end of the course.
What they?re thinking is that they don?t speak English fluently, or like you, for example. But make sure they?re aware of what they can do.
Students need to speak out loud by themselves and not just follow along in their heads while someone else speaks. It isn?t good enough for them to only mumble along with the crowd as in a drilling exercise.
Here are some possible speaking opportunities that you can provide your students:
? Stand up in front of the class and speak. (This is good practice for the speaking part of exams such as IELTS, TOEFL or TOEIC.)
? Stand up in front of the class with a partner and present something together.
? Be part of a group presenting a drama or role-play in front of the class.
? Take part in a whole class discussion or debate. (Make sure everyone participates. Often the quieter students will sit back and not participate in this.)
? Be involved in pair work where every student must talk with a partner.
? Be involved in small group discussions where individual students are less likely to get left out.
Especially with beginners, it is important to go slowly. There is a steep learning curve at the very beginning of their studies especially if you are the first to introduce them to the alphabet. Try to introduce manageable chunks of information and do not add in more information until your students are comfortable with what they have already covered. This may mean that they are not able to understand the purpose of learning certain things initially but perhaps after a few lessons on a topic, you can help put it all together and then they will be amazed at how much they have learned. For example, in one lesson you may teach your students the words I, you, he/she/it and what they mean but they cannot make sentences with this vocabulary until you give them some verbs to work with which may not be appropriate until a later lesson.
English is essential if you want to get ahead in today?s fast-paced global economy. And because we know that using English at work is different from general, conversational English, these classes have been specifically designed by teachers. Teachers try to arm with the skills he requires to communicate effectively and confidently in the world?s business language. They do not teach them business.
Much of the English communication that takes place within business circles all over the world occurs between non-native speakers. In cases such as these, the object of the exercise is efficient and effective communication. The strict rules of grammar are in such cases sometimes ignored, when, for example, a stressed negotiator's only goal is to reach an agreement as quickly as possible.
Business English means different things to different people. For some, it focuses on vocabulary and topics used in the worlds of business, trade, finance, and international relations. For others, it refers to the communication skills used in the workplace and focuses on the language and skills needed for typical business communication such as presentations, negotiations, meetings, small talk, socializing, correspondence, report writing, and a systematic approach. In both of these cases it can be taught to native speakers of English, for example, high school students preparing to enter the job market.
The monolingual and multilingual classes;
Students in a monolingual class speak the same first language and will share most aspects of a culture. Monolingual classes can be compared to multilingual ones, where there are a variety of first languages.
Monolingual classes are typically found in schools in the learners' own country.
In the classroom
In a monolingual class, there may be more use of L1, which can create problems but can be a useful tool, e.g. translation can be used when necessary. There is also a shared culture, which a teacher can exploit. The learners may have similar learning strategies, and similar problems learning the target language.