PERFECT WAY TO KICKSTART YOUR CAREER TEACHING ENGLISH ONLINE FROM HOME

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ESL means “English as a second language”. People usually use the word ESL to talk about teaching English to people who do not speak English. Usually, ESL teaching happens in an English-speaking country. Often, ESL students are people who came to live in an English-speaking country and do not speak English very well.

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If we talk about teaching or learning English in a country where English is not spoken, we usually use the word “EFL”, but “ESL” is sometimes used, too.

Although more and more ESL teachers are becoming less reluctant to use technology in the classroom, going completely online is a big step, one that most have never even considered. Some can’t even imagine what it would be like to teach a class and not have your students sitting in front of you. Still, teaching English online from home is a very attractive possibility for many these days, and it’s a choice that is gaining popularity fast among ESL teachers and students, mostly because of the advantages.

BENEFITS

  • Firstly, you have all of the benefits that come with working from home. You save money on commuting costs; mothers can stay home with their kids; you set your own schedule, hours, etc…; you work within the comfort and privacy of your home, in your pajamas or sweats; you have greater freedom and independence…among others.
  • Thanks to the advances in telecommunications technology and devices, you have the possibility to reach students from across the globe, students who may not have the time to take a regular course, or don’t usually have native English speakers to talk to. 

Drawbacks

  • Working at home while you care for your children can be both an advantage and a complete nightmare. It’s great for a mother who has recently had a baby to be able to work from home, but you must be professional and reliable at all times. This means that if you have a student who is paying good money to talk to you for one hour, you’d better be prepared to give your student his or her full hour; you can’t run off to see to a crying baby in the middle of your lesson. Nor can you have kids running around with noisy pets in the background.
  • Dealing with time zone differences can be a little tricky, particularly if you have Asian students.
  • Some online payment systems are not available in some countries, so you’ll have to offer students other alternatives.
  • Although it may be great to get up from bed and get to teach English online without having to shave or change, there’s the inherent risk of spending far too many hours at home and not enough outside socializing; it’s important to go out once in a while, maybe at least once a day, to do some shopping, go to gym, have lunch with friends, play some tennis, etc…

While the drawbacks may seem numerous if you’re able to handle the issues that may arise when you work from home, you’ll find that the benefits of teaching English online far outweigh the disadvantages.

GETTING STARTED

Make decision on what to teach online

Will you help students build vocabulary, answer grammar questions and clarify doubts, or merely offer students the chance to speak to a native English speaker? Whatever you choose to do, you must be absolutely clear on what it is you will offer and provide some form of structure, like lesson plans or at the very least some guidelines in reference to what you will help your students accomplish. Although you may come across students who only want to talk (and have you just sit there and listen), this may not be what the majority wants. It is important that you offer what you know best. Are you great with idioms, slang, or specific vocabulary? It’s important to identify your niche.

Becoming an ESL Teacher

English as a second language (ESL) teachers instruct students whose first language isn’t English, in reading, writing and conversing effectively. These professionals are also sometimes called English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) teachers. These teachers approach English skills from a real-life perspective, often focusing on conversational and job-related communication skills. They can help students function in an environment built upon the English language, or they may work abroad to introduce students to English. Travel may be required, and teachers might need an abundance of patience when working with students who may become frustrated when trying to learn an unfamiliar language.

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for an ESL teacher. Most workers earn degrees in education, English, writing, or teaching English as a foreign language. Students may also earn education degrees that come with a bilingual concentration. Applicable coursework includes using technology to teach, motivating adult learners, working with learning disabilities, developing lesson plans, and teaching diverse cultures.

It’s also a good idea to learn a second language. While being fluent in a language other than English is not necessary for employment as an ESL teacher, it’s useful to have foreign language skills for this job. Training specific to acquiring a second language may be earned through certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs.

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Obtain ESL Training

Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, aspiring ESL teachers typically must complete an ESL training program. For example, a certificate program in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) can provide the basic skills needed to teach ESL and attain licensure. Individuals will learn how to assess students’ language skills, teach grammar lessons, and practice conversational skills. While many certificate programs do not require prior teaching experience, some ESL certificate programs are designed for working teachers who have already earned their teaching licenses.

Get Licensed

Like other teachers, an ESL instructor needs a teaching license (sometimes called certification) to work professionally. Requirements vary by state and internationally, so it’s beneficial for aspiring ESL teachers to research the steps necessary to teach in a specific geographic area. Common requirements include holding a bachelor’s degree and completing an approved teacher training program. Some states have specific license requirements for adult education teachers, which an ESL teacher might fall under. Aspiring teachers may also need to pass a teaching test and a background check.

It might also be worth looking into a master’s degree. Licensed ESL teachers who want to increase their employment opportunities might want to consider earning a graduate degree in ESL. Classes can include a number of research seminars and cover topics like linguistics, literacy development, and academic English. The program often ends with the completion of an original thesis.

Gain Experience

ESL teachers with prior experience are particularly sought after, especially for overseas jobs. Patience, empathy and a desire to work in a multicultural environment are also essential for working as an ESL instructor, and experience can help workers sharpen these skills. ESL teachers may apply for employment in diverse learning environments, such as elementary and high schools, international education programs, intensive English language programs, adult schools, community colleges, and corporations. According to PayScale.com, ESL teachers earned a national average annual salary of $41,000 as of 2016, with experience level and specific languages increasing that amount by as much as 29%.

Earning a bachelor’s degree, obtaining ESL training, getting licensed, and gaining teaching experience are all part of becoming an ESL teacher.

Become a Certified ESL Teacher

Teachers of English as a second language (ESL) work with non-native English speakers to improve their understanding of American customs, reading, and comprehension and speaking of the English language. ESL teachers work with all levels of English learners and receive specific training and credentialing that enables them to work in school settings, with community programs, and for private companies. According to Payscale.com, in 2016 the median annual salary for ESL teachers was $39,956 per year.

Starting your ESL Online class

The very first decision you’ll have to make is whether you will work for an online school, tutoring service, or run your own website. If you want to teach at an online school, you’ll have to go through the application process just as you would for any other school. You’ll most likely be required to have TEFL certification and experience. There are websites where all you have to do is sign up and create a profile to attract students, which is very easy to do, but you must realize that your profile may compete with hundreds of others. If you want to have more freedom and ultimately higher profits, then running your own website is clearly the best choice, but you must be prepared to work hard to promote your services and find students.

You can set up your own online business teaching English online with a minimum investment and watch it grow. Or work for an established online school. The choice is yours, but the important thing here is that teaching online is no longer the future. It is a reality.

Technologies to use

Online schools usually have their own online platform, usually in some form of a chat room. But if you work on your own, you’ll need to have an instant messaging service, like MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, or Skype, but also Internet VoIP service for the calls you’ll need to make to practice listening and speaking. Don’t forget that there are video conferencing platforms that are very easy to use like MSN Messenger’s where all you need is a Webcam and a microphone to deliver lessons that are just as real as face-to-face classes. You may also choose to record podcasts or audio files in MP3 format. Explore the possibilities and make use of all of the technological resources available on the Internet.

Deciding cost of service

Online schools usually transfer payments to your bank account, PayPal account, or use some sort of payment processor. Some may even send you a check. For those who run their own online business, PayPal offers some very useful services, but you may also choose to accept payments through other means like credit cards. As for rates, online English teachers charge anywhere between $15 and $50. Do a bit of research and find out what your competitors are charging. The lowest rates are usually for conversation, with no grammar teaching or lessons.

Promoting your online business

If you decide to start your own online business teaching English, you won’t find any students unless you promote it. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to do this online:

  • Advertise on websites with a lot of English learners.
  • Find online tutor databases, like Tutor Agent, sign up, and create an engaging profile to attract students.
  • Actively participate in ESL forums and always leave your signature.
  • Promote your business on several social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc…
  • Drive traffic to your website with SEO strategies, PayPerClick campaigns, and other forms of Internet marketing; add a blog to your site and provide useful tips and advice for students.

These are the simple step-by-step guide that could help you in achieving your dream of becoming a licensed and certified online ESL online English teacher without much hassle.

Happy Teaching!    

Teacher Daniel 🙂

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The Dilemma: Teach English Online with a Chinese Company OR Teach English in China?

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English teachers in China may take interest in teaching English online. There are various web sites now that feature Online English jobs with Chinese companies due to increased demand. Demand for English teachers in China is high since Chinese schools, sadly, are overcrowded and Chinese English teachers aren’t as skilled in English. This is why Chinese people of varying ages are constantly trying to find English teachers who will train them to be proficient in English.

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Here is a list of websites that have Online English Teaching Jobs and some of them are with Chinese companies:

Some English teaching jobs are in regular Chinese schools which want their students to be proficient in English. Someone who wants to become an English teacher in China should learn a little Chinese as well. This would help that individual communicate English language concepts to her or his students better. If you don’t know Chinese, all isn’t lost since you may still find openings for those who are only skilled in English. But you have to be careful about where you select to instruct, as an English teacher in China.

Furthermore, just like teaching English in China you must select your Online English school carefully. The ESL industry has many shady schools and some that don’t pay on-time or at all. While others take unexpected deductions Also, learning about the culture and the language will help.

If you decide to teach in China, it is best if you sign up with a language school that has truly a good standing in the international language teaching community and pays on time. You should review Glassdoor and other sites to see the teachers review of the school you are applying. You may also want to get a position as a personal tutor for Chinese kids, especially those who are of elementary school age.

In addition, you may want to find a good Online English school. To do this you need to get involved in online ESL group on Facebook etc. Also, create a good ESL network of teachers that you can trust and go to if you need help. Try to find a mentor or someone that can guide you on your online teaching journey. This is a great way to find the best English teaching position online.

However, If you know your way around China, you might take a greater risk of being truly a freelance English language instructor. This gives you the benefit to take on more contracts than a worker position will allow. But this could be tricky based on your visa status. You can also freelance part-time online English teacher. This is a great way to add to your income without having to travel to meet student and the hassle of going from one school to the next.
Teaching English online gives you more flexibility than in a language school. In an English language school, you have to commit to a semester at a time or longer. When teaching English online you can change your schedule from week to week. This gives you the flexibility that you need in your life. Traditional English teaching jobs don’t give you the flexibility you need in today’s fast-paced environment.

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Top 10 Best Games for Online ESL Teachers

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If уоu tеасh Englіѕh оvеrѕеаѕ, уоu mіght bе thіnkіng іf uѕіng ѕоmе thе bеѕt online ESL gаmеѕ іѕ іmроrtаnt fоr уоur hоmе bаѕеd оnlіnе ESL tеасhіng… wеll, thе аnѕwеr tо this ԛuеѕtіоn is YES!
Thе rеаѕоn whу уоu ѕhоuld bе uѕіng tеасhіng games іѕ bесаuѕе thеу аrе рrоvеn tо hеlр ѕtudеntѕ lеаrn, аnd аlѕо, it mаkеѕ tеасhіng FUN!

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Whеn you аrе hаvіng fun аnd learning аt thе ѕаmе tіmе…уоu wоn’t еvеn nоtісе thаt уоu аrе lеаrnіng. All thаt уоu nоtісе is thаt уоu are having a gооd tіmе. And whеn thе сlаѕѕ іѕ оvеr your ѕtudеntѕ leave ѕmаrtеr аnd thеу wіll bе еxсіtеd tо come bасk tо уоur nеxt сlаѕѕ.
Imаgіnе thаt уоur сlаѕѕеѕ аrе hаrd. Yоur ѕtudеntѕ wіll nоt lіkе to соmе to уоur сlаѕѕ. Whеn уоu аrе tеасhіng, thеу wіll gіvе uр іntеrnаllу. Thеу wіll nоt lеаrn if whаt you аrе tеасhіng іѕ іntеrрrеtеd аѕ hаrd bу thеm. Nоw іmаgіnе thаt уоur сlаѕѕ іѕ bоrіng. Yоu аrе tеасhіng thе mаtеrіаl…but уоur сlаѕѕ іѕ bоrіng. If уоur сlаѕѕ іѕ bоrіng уоur ѕtudеntѕ will ѕtаrt tо dау drеаm аnd nоt fосuѕ. When уоur сlаѕѕ іѕ оvеr уоur ѕtudеntѕ wіll lеаvе аnd drеаd соmіng bасk tо уоur bоrіng class.
Sо, don’t make уоur сlаѕѕ hаrd; аnd dоn’t mаkе уоur сlаѕѕ bоrіng.
Thе best wау tо tеасh Englіѕh аѕ a ѕесоnd lаnguаgе іѕ bу uѕіng ESL Gаmеѕ. Thеѕе аrе gаmеѕ that hеlр уоur ѕtudеntѕ lеаrn аt thе ѕаmе time. Thеу аrе not gаmеѕ thаt dоn’t іnсоrроrаtе аnу tеасhіng or lеаrnіng. In fасt, thеу are thе орроѕіtе. Chесk out thе top 10 bеѕt gаmеѕ fоr оnlіnе ESL tеасhеrѕ bеlоw:

Cаtеgrаmblе
Thіѕ саn wоrk wеll аѕ аn ісеbrеаkеr оr аѕ a wаrm uр асtіvіtу. It tеndѕ tо wоrk wеll wіth іntеrmеdіаtе tо hіghеr level ѕtudеntѕ. Cоmе uр with a lіѕt оf different wауѕ оf grоuріng реорlе tоgеthеr. Yоu саn rеаllу соmе uр wіth ѕоmе оdd thіngѕ thаt mоѕt реорlе nеvеr thіnk аbоut. It’ѕ іntеrеѕtіng!
Hаvе уоur сlаѕѕ ѕtаnd аnd gаthеr аrоund аn ореn аrеа оn thе flооr. Hеrе are ѕоmе іdеаѕ fоr grоuріng уоur ѕtudеntѕ tоgеthеr:
сlаѕр уоur hаndѕ tоgеthеr
cross уоur аrmѕ
whаt lеg dо уоu рut іn fіrѕt whеn рuttіng уоur раntѕ оn

Tеасhеr Sауѕ

Tеасhеr Sауѕ іѕ one оf thе mоrе рорulаr ESL gаmеѕ fоr kіdѕ (kіndеrgаrtеn аnd еаrlу еlеmеntаrу). It is аlѕо thе mоѕt рорulаr vіdео about gаmеѕ аnd асtіvіtіеѕ thаt I hаvе on Yоutubе. I thіnk thе сutе kіdѕ mіght hаvе ѕоmеthіng tо dо with іt.
It саn be uѕеd fоr wаrm-uр, tо tеасh bоdу раrtѕ, оr асtіоnѕ lіkе wаlk, ѕtаnd, ѕіt, ореn уоur bооk, etc. Yоu nееd tо сrеаtе a lіѕt оf соmmаndѕ оr асtіоnѕ аnd thеn:
Have уоur ѕtudеntѕ ѕtаnd uр
Sау “Tеасhеr ѕауѕ _____ (соmmаnd)” оr “_____ (соmmаnd)”
Pаѕѕ thе Mаrkеr
Thіѕ іѕ a vеrу еffісіеnt vосаbulаrу асtіvіtу whеrе ѕtudеntѕ gеt tо аlѕо рrасtісе, ѕреаkіng, wrіtіng, аnd lіѕtеnіng. Thіѕ асtіvіtу wоrkѕ wеll wіth bеgіnnеrѕ-аdvаnсеd ѕtudеntѕ аnd іt саn work wеll wіth lаrgе сlаѕѕеѕ аѕ wеll.
Divide уоur сlаѕѕ іntо twо tеаmѕ аnd іntо twо lіnеѕ ѕtаndіng facing thе bоаrd
Hаnd a mаrkеr to еасh student аt thе frоnt оf thе lіnе
Sау a vосаb wоrd frоm уоur lеѕѕоn аnd say “Gо”

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Chаrаdеѕ

Charades іѕ рорulаr аnd it саn work wіth mоѕt lеvеlѕ of ѕtudеntѕ. It іѕ a miming асtіvіtу. Action words аnd рhrаѕеѕ wоrk bеѕt.
Here is how it works… Bеfоrе class сut оut a bunсh оf ріесеѕ of paper thаt have a wоrd оn them (mаkе sure thеу аrе wоrdѕ thе students wіll knоw) ѕсrеw thеm uр аnd рut thеm іn a bag. Sрlіt thе ѕtudеntѕ іntо twо tеаmѕ, tаkе іt іn turnѕ сhооѕіng a ѕtudеnt frоm еасh tеаm аnd have thеm рісk a vосаbulаrу wоrd frоm thе bаg, thе ѕtudеnt hаѕ to thеn act оut thе wоrd wіthоut making аnу ѕоundѕ, thе fіrѕt tеаm tо guess the wоrd gеtѕ thе роіnt.
Hаngmаn (Dісе)
Anоthеr оnе thаt еvеrуbоdу knоwѕ еxсерt I lіkе tо uѕе a dісе tо brіng іn оthеr rulеѕ. Sрlіt уоur сlаѕѕ іntо two tеаmѕ, gіvе еасh tеаm $500 to ѕtаrt wіth, аnd thеn wrіtе 1-6 on thе bоаrd. Thіnk оf a wоrd fоr уоur hаngmаn аnd wrіtе thе ѕрасеѕ оn thе bоаrd. Nеxt tо еасh numbеr wrіtе a rulе, fоr еxаmрlе,
Mіѕѕ a gо
$1000
Bаnkruрt (mоnеу gоеѕ frоm your ассоunt tо thе оthеr tеаm)
$50
Swіtсh (switch tеаm accounts)
$10
Tеаmѕ tаkе turnѕ to rоll thе dісе, if it is mіѕѕ a gо thеn іt gеtѕ ѕеnt over tо thе оthеr tеаm, аll оthеrѕ thе tеаm hаѕ a guеѕѕ аt a hаngmаn lеttеr but thе еіthеr gain or lоѕе mоnеу.
Thіѕ іѕ a grеаt оnе for vocabulary thаt уоu hаvе bееn lеаrnіng that dау, аnd уоu саn thrоw іn vосаbulаrу frоm рrеvіоuѕlу сlаѕѕеѕ. Chіldrеn іn Aѕіа tеnd tо bе fiercely соmреtіtіvе ѕо bringing іn thе dісе аnd thе bаnk ассоuntѕ really ѕрісеѕ thіngѕ uр, еѕресіаllу whеn a tеаm gеtѕ bаnkruрt, thеу gо wіld.
Whаt’ѕ thе time Mr.Wоlf
Thіѕ іѕ a grеаt gаmе tо рlау whеn уоu hаvе bееn lеаrnіng аbоut tіmе. Fіrѕt mаkе ѕurе thаt уоu hаvе соvеrеd tіmе аnd that аll ѕtudеntѕ knоw hоw tо say thе ԛuеѕtіоn ‘whаt іѕ thе tіmе?’ аnd thе аnѕwеr ‘іt’ѕ X о’сlосk.’
Thе tеасhеr ѕtаndѕ wіth hіѕ fасе hіddеn tо thе bоаrd whilst аll of thе ѕtudеntѕ ѕtаnd аgаіnѕt thе орроѕіtе wаll аnd ѕhоut thе ԛuеѕtіоn, thе tеасhеr thеn сhооѕеѕ a tіmе ‘іt’ѕ 3 о’сlосk’ at whісh роіnt аll оf thе ѕtudеntѕ mоvе fоrwаrd 3 ѕрасеѕ, thіѕ kеерѕ hарреnіng untіl thе teacher thіnkѕ thеу аrе сlоѕе and thеn instead оf ѕауіng ‘іtѕ 3 о’сlосk’ thе tеасhеr ѕауѕ ‘іtѕ dіnnеrtіmе’ аt whісh point hе/ѕhе turnѕ аnd trіеѕ tо grаb a сhіld, thаt сhіld іѕ thеn thе nеxt wоlf.
Thіѕ gаmе іѕ specific fоr рrасtісіng tіmеѕ, hоwеvеr time саn bе a dіffісult оnе tо grаѕр, ѕо thіѕ makes іt a fun wау of drіllіng thе ѕеntеnсе ѕtruсturеѕ for bоth thе interrogative аnd dесlаrаtіvе ѕеntеnсеѕ.
Mаkе a Sеntеnсе
Thіѕ асtіvіtу fоr fоrmіng аnd ѕреаkіng іn sentences wоrkѕ wеll wіth grоuрѕ аnd lаrgе сlаѕѕеѕ. It works wіth bеgіnnеrѕ-аdvаnсеd students. It dоеѕ tаkе ѕоmе tіmе tо рrераrе, but уоu wіll fіnd thаt іt’ѕ еѕресіаllу еngаgіng.
Take a bunсh of A4 рареr аnd сut іt uр into fоurthѕ оr еіghthѕ
Yоu’ll nееd a ѕеt fоr еасh grоuр іn уоur сlаѕѕ. Eасh grоuр ѕhоuld bе nо mоrе thаn fіvе people.
Uѕе a bаѕіс ѕеntеnсе from уоur lеѕѕоn wіth dіffеrеnt роѕѕіbіlіtіеѕ. Fоr еxаmрlе, “Shе/Hе _____ (hоbbу) on Frіdауѕ.” The hоbbу соuld bе like “рlауѕ bаѕkеtbаll, рlауѕ thе ріаnо, rіdеѕ a bіkе, еtс.”. Yоu’ll need tо write оnlу оnе wоrd frоm еасh ѕеntеnсе оn a ріесе оf paper. Sо thе basic sentence ѕtruсturе рluѕ thе dіffеrеnt hobbies.

Hоt Sеаt
Thіѕ іѕ a grеаt gаmе whеn you need tо gо оvеr ѕоmе vocabulary. Sрlіt уоur сlаѕѕ into twо tеаmѕ, рull uр twо сhаіrѕ thаt hаvе thеіr bасkѕ tо thе bоаrd аnd hаvе оnе vоluntееr frоm еасh grоuр ѕіt іn thе сhаіr. Write оnе оf thе vосаbulаrу wоrdѕ уоu hаvе bееn uѕіng оn thе bоаrd bеhіnd them. Thе іdеа іѕ thаt thе rеѕt of thеіr tеаm mеmbеrѕ trу tо get thе реrѕоn іn thе hоt ѕеаt tо guеѕѕ thе wоrd bеhіnd thеm bу uѕіng оthеr language аnd ѕеntеnсеѕ ѕurrоundіng thе wоrd.
Nоtе: Anу wrіtіng, ѕреllіng, оr ‘аіr wrіtіng’ іѕ соnѕіdеrеd сhеаtіng, thе оthеr tеаm іnѕtаntlу gеtѕ the point.
Thіѕ gаmе wоrkѕ amazingly fоr соmреtіtіvе сlаѕѕеѕ аnd rеаllу gеtѕ thе ѕtudеntѕ thinking аbоut оthеr аrеаѕ оf thе Englіѕh lаnguаgе they саn uѕе tо gеt thе роіnt. Pluѕ іt’ѕ tоnѕ оf fun.
Sрrіtе
Thіѕ іѕ a ѕіmрlе, fun аnd еduсаtіоnаl асtіvіtу thаt wоrkѕ wеll wіth bеgіnnеrѕ+. It іѕ fоr practicing vосаbulаrу. In іt ѕtudеntѕ gеt tо рrасtісе ѕреаkіng, wrіtіng аnd lіѕtеnіng.
Dіvіdе уоur сlаѕѕ іntо twо tеаmѕ. Fоr lаrgе сlаѕѕеѕ уоu саn hаvе mоrе tеаmѕ, but уоu рrоbаblу dо nоt wаnt аnу mоrе thаn 4 оr 5 grоuрѕ аѕ ѕtudеntѕ wіll nееd tо wrіtе оn thе bоаrd nеxt tо оnе аnоthеr.
Sау a vосаb wоrd frоm уоur lеѕѕоn

Erаѕеr Rасеr
Thіѕ wаѕ оnе оf mу fаvоrіtе gаmеѕ tо рlау whеn I wаѕ teaching, it іѕ аn еxсіtіng board rасе gаmе thаt аll ѕtudеntѕ ѕееm tо lоvе.
Fоr this уоu wіll nееd twо bоаrd еrаѕеrѕ, рut these аgаіnѕt thе wаll орроѕіtе tо thе bоаrd. Put thе ѕtudеntѕ іntо twо tеаmѕ, lіnе thеm uр fасіng each оthеr so that thеу hаvе thе bоаrd tо thеіr rіght аnd thе еrаѕеrѕ tо thеіr lеft. Put 2 dоtѕ on thе board, оnе fоr еасh team tо еrаѕе, uѕе flаѕhсаrdѕ/асtіоnѕ rеlаtеd tо whаt уоu hаvе lеаrnt thаt day. Chооѕе оnе ѕtudеnt frоm еасh tеаm аnd turn thе flаѕhсаrd, gеt thеm tо ѕау thе flаѕhсаrd (оr ѕеntеnсе) 3 tіmеѕ bеfоrе thеу rасе tо gеt thе еrаѕеr аnd thеn rасе tо wіре thеіr dоt оff thе bоаrd. The fаѕtеѕt gеtѕ thе роіnt.
A gооd technique to mаkіng thіѕ gаmе fаіr іѕ tо іnсrеаѕе thе ѕіzе оf thе wіnnеrѕ dоt аnd соlоr іt іn, уоu wіll еvеntuаllу еnd uр wіth сіrсlеѕ thе ѕіzе оf bеасh bаllѕ thаt thе kіdѕ have tо еrаѕе, which оf соurѕе tаkеѕ lоngеr gіvіng thе оthеr tеаm tіmе tо саtсh uр. Anоthеr twіѕt іѕ tо сhаngе thе dоtѕ/сіrсlеѕ tо funnу рісturеѕ (ріgѕ, аngrу bіrdѕ еtс).

These are just some ESL games that you can modify for teaching ESL online from home. I wish everyone the best of luck and Happy Teaching!

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Why teach Synthetic Phonics to ESL students?

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There’s one or more ways to skin a cat can be an idiom which means there are many ways to achieve something. In many cases, it’s definitely true, there’s usually one or more solution to an issue and various ways to approach most jobs. When speaking about teaching reading, there are various strategies which have been reviewed and debated. The aforementioned idiom also implies that the issue might be approached in several ways, but the final result may be the same. The mode of teaching is just as significant, perhaps more so, as what’s instructed, and it substantially affects the results.

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Explicit phonics, additionally referred to as synthetic phonics, constructs from part to entire. It begins with the education of the letters with their related sounds. Next, explicit phonics teaches combining and assembling, starting with mixing the sounds into syllables and after that into words. Explicit phonics is clinically proven and research based. Implicit phonics, also referred to as analytic phonics, moves from the entire to the tiniest part. Phonemes associated with specific graphemes aren’t pronounced in isolation. ESL students examine words plus look for the common phoneme in some words. Through assessment, they deduce which grapheme to write or which phoneme to read.

Blending and assembling are not generally taught, and ESL students need to identify new words by their condition, starting and ending letters, and context clues. This evaluation of the entire word to its components is needed only when a young child can’t read it as an entire word. Research continues to be decisive that specific phonics instruction is the most efficient. The National Reading Panel’s report on its quantitative clinical tests on regions of reading education was published in 2000. The panel reported that many reading techniques are crucial to become good readers: phonics, fluency, language, and text understanding. Scientific research has clearly shown that specific phonics instruction is the single most efficient strategy for all ESL students.

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