Sunday, April 29, 2018

Five Tips for New ESL Teachers in Asia

a guest post by Fazreen Razeek
It can be quite challenging as an ESL teacher in Asia. It can be difficult to teach your class an additional language, especially if they don’t have experience in learning a new one. As a new teacher, you will spend most of your time in a new country and begin your ESL teaching career. You will need to commit to a new life. The first time is always the hardest, as you don’t know which strategies to use. As you go through your first experience as a language teacher, expect some form of a learning curve once you step into your new role. Don’t let the challenge overwhelm you. Here are some tips for new ESL teachers to ace their first experience in teaching an additional language.

1. Give visual cues Printing off pictures of what you need to explain is a great technique if they’re completely clueless about what you’re trying to say. You can use flash cards to help bridge the language barrier.

2. Network with Local & ESL Teachers Most likely, you will be working with local co-teachers and teaching assistants. You will be surrounded by other English speakers who are also your co-teachers in the faculty room. Don’t be afraid to ask for their help and talk to them about your class. They can be very helpful and give you some useful advice in handling students and insights on lesson plans and teaching strategies.

3. Make lessons exciting with games Classroom games never get old, especially in Asia, where gaming culture is a huge hit. You can integrate games into your lessons. You can find plenty of ESL Teacher games online that you can use. PRO TIP: Try to do a quick survey and see what your students love doing - their hobbies, pastime. Then, you can create and recycle games according to those.

4. Always Be Consistent Once you develop a classroom routine, try to stick to it and do not be afraid to test out some new things as well. You can start and end each class in a similar way that students can expect from you. You can try having weekly snacks or picnics, movie days, and other activities that give your students something to look forward to. You’ll be surprised how routine can motivate and excite your students.

5. Maintain a Classroom Chart Be organized and document your student’s performance by having a chart on the wall. This can serve as a source of motivation for your students. You can include your student’s performance in homework, oral recitation, and projects. This chart can also help your students track their own progress and motivate them to do better. Thanks to the technology, there are a lot of teaching hacks available online. Try until you find the strategies that work for you and your students. Use them and share with other teachers you know. Once you get the hang of efficiently managing your classroom, you will find yourself more and more at ease with your ESL teaching career.

About the Author:
Fazreen Razeek from Edarabia.com has served the education industry for over 5 years. He collaborates and works alongside education-marketing agencies, event organizers, and educational Institutions ranging from nurseries, schools, and universities to develop and execute their marketing strategies. He is extremely passionate about education technology and also writes for various local and international publications. A graduate with High Distinction from the Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia, Fazreen holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Marketing & Management.

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