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TESOL Videos - Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses - Teaching Idea Considerations
Before looking at specific teaching ideas for the present simple tense, let's first look at some considerations for teaching ideas in general. We have to remember that these activities will be used in the activate stage of your lesson. Here, the focus will be on building fluency and using the language in a bit more of a free-flowing way yet still focusing on that class' language point. We also have to consider the appropriacy for a number of factors: timings. Whether the activity will be too short or too long. We want to look at ages making sure that the activity is appropriate for young learners or adult learners. We also have to take into consideration our language levels. Will the activity be appropriate for our starters or our pre-intermediates or our intermediates? Will the activity be appropriate for a small class or a large class? And last but not least, certainly, we have to take into consideration our students' culture and their interests making sure that the activity is appropriate for either one and finally, we need to make sure that we're maximizing our Student Talk Time. Are the students using the language as much as they possibly can while they're still in the class? The more appropriate the activity will be, the more Student Talk Time we'll get.
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A lot of this section was common sense and things that I do already, however, it was really useful to revisit this information and I will certainly think about how to troubleshoot in my existing classes. This was an extremely useful unit to get me thinking again about my newer students.It is extremely important that the teacher peeks the interest of the students as this assists with the teaching. It is very hard to get students to participate if there is no interest at all. THis gives a clear picture of how to get the class to participate and to learn from it as well.Conditionals seems to be easy to recognize, but hard to teach. It seems that there are a lot of ways to make lessons from call and response, and fill the blank forms. It is interesting to think about how verbs and pronouns change while delivering the same information as reported speech.