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TESOL Videos - The Past Tenses - Past Simple - Mill Drill Activity
This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. We start off the series with the past simple tense. In this video, we show you how to execute a mill drill activity for this tense. Here, the teacher provides the students with a survey or questionnaire with statements in the past simple tense. The students then go around the classroom and ask other students about their past experiences.
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In my former teaching career, I had experienced both for beginners and children. I have to admit that it's rather different and difficult for teaching these different groups. In this unit, I learned a lot of good tips which I can use in my future teaching area. For teaching children, teacher has to have lots of repetition to draw students attention and help them remember good language points.besides, teacher needs to provide a slower and clearer pronunciation as a model for them. And teacher should always use English as the language of instruction. Last but not least, Children are very sensitive to unfairness, so teacher has to make activities under control and keep balanced marks between different groups. For teaching beginners, it is one of the most difficult part for both foreign teachers and Chinese teachers, sometimes, they really have Zero-level knowledge about English.so teaching beginners requires special skills and psychology. Firstly, teacher has to grade their language to try to let them understand your instructions, we can also teach them some simple instructed sentences in the first beginning so that their listening can be improved gradually. Secondly , pairing the weaker students with stronger students can be seen an effective way to help them catch up from each other. Lastly, trying to keep positive and patient in front of them even though they don't show what you expect and encourage them to try one more time. So the beginners can be relaxed and get more involved in the class.