Classroom Management for Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Common Issues

 

There are some other classroom management issues that we need to consider and they may include issues such as writing on the board, giving students individual attention, the use of teacher talk time, the way in which we should give instructions to our students, the building and maintaining of rapport with our students, and finally the one that perhaps most new teachers particularly spend a lot of time worrying and thinking about, is the issue of classroom discipline. So what we'd like to do is to take each of these in turn and look at some of the major issues surrounding these classroom management issues.


Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

Different methods of teaching English have been developed and each method has a different focus or target. There are many teaching methodologies but it has been said that there is not one single best method for everyone. Here are some of these methodologies. The oldest and the most popular among the teaching methodologies is the Classical Method, now known as Grammar-translation. The purpose of this method is basically to translate to and from the target language. This will work well if both languages have the same grammar structure. This method was intended to develop reading and writing skills but not speaking skills. Because this method was unnatural, natural method was developed. It was known as the direct method. In this method, the teaching is done in the target language by recreating the same conditions as how native language was learnt. Language learning should be much more communicative and much more natural. One methodology is the Audio-lingualism. This involves acquiring habits and concentrates on long repetition drills. New language is first heard and extensively drilled before seeing the written form. Another methodology is the Silent Way. The goal of the teacher here is to say as little as possible so that the learner can be in control of what he wants to say. This methodology uses colored rods, each color representing an aspect of English language. In Suggestopaedia method, the students need to be comfortable, confident and relaxed for the learner to be receptive to learning. Another method which is very effective to the young learners is Total Physical Response(TPR). Combining the motion and learning enhances the learning process. One of the most effective and the most logical of all the methodologies for new teachers is called ESA ? Engage, Study, and Activate. This method motivates the students, exposes them to the language and gives them an opportunity to use the language. It also gives the teacher a lot of flexibility in the classroom. ESA is a three-staged methodology: the Engage phase, the Study phase, and the Activate phase. The Engage phase has a purpose of getting the students talking and thinking in English. The Study phase is where the actual teaching takes place. In the Activate phase, the students are encouraged to use any or all of the language they know. ESA lesson doesn?t have to be always in the same order. The order can be varied to give greater flexibility. The only rules are that the lesson should start with an Engage phase and finish with an Activate phase. As a language teacher, I should not follow one definite method. I have to choose which technique and activities are suitable to the learner, and take into consideration the other factors that might have a great effect on the over-all teaching process. I have to motivate and help learners to become independent and inspired to learn more.


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