Teaching children can be immensely rewarding, anyone who has taught children can tell us that. But it is not fun and games all the time, and sometimes it is just not that easy. English tuition centre in Singapore who wishes to teach children must be aware of the challenges and difficulties they may encounter, and prepare accordingly.
Are we really up for it?
If we want to teach kids English because we think it is easy, then this is not the job for us. Teaching children demands a great deal of creativity and energy. Kids will always keep us on our toes! They will amaze us and surprise us, but do not think that just because we will be teaching colors and animals, it will be a breeze. We will most likely feel exhausted after every class, but oh, so happy!
A little preparation goes a long way
Never make the mistake of showing up for class with little or no ideas, and thinking that we will figure it out as you go along. Preparation is essential, mostly because we will need to gather lots of teaching materials. Seasoned teachers may be able to improvise an entire lesson with only a whiteboard and some markers, but why is the risk having a class that turns out to be a hellish nightmare? We can plan an entire week of lessons or a full month, but make sure we have a lesson plan for each class.
Try to cater to multiple bits of intelligence
Young ESL students have strengths and weaknesses and the best way to take advantage of their strengths and help them learn effectively is to cater to their learning styles or multiples intelligence, namely Visual – Spatial, Logical – Mathematical, Bodily – Kinesthetic, Musical – Rhythmic, Intra-Personal, Inter-Personal, Naturalist, and Spiritual.
Do not let them get bored
If children are bored they would not pay attention, and they would not learn. We do not have to clown around all the time, either; they are in class to learn, not to be entertained by us. Our job is to make learning engaging and fun.
Mix it up
ESL classes may include singing, dancing, and jumping, as well as writing, reading, or listening. The best ESL lessons combine the right mix of teaching strategies. We may begin class with a short song, then move on to a reading exercise. The best rule of thumb is to switch between quiet, independent tasks to those that require action and movement.
Be prepared to deal with parents
Unlike teaching adult students, when we teach the little ones we have to interrelate with their parents as well.
Gather an arsenal of materials
When we teach children English it is essential to have a box of materials that can be adaptable to any game or activity.
Must-have items are:
Remember it is not all about the games
Each game or activity we propose should target a specific learning goal or ESL element. It is not about coming to class to play. ESL games are highly effective teaching methods as long as we know how to fully utilize their potential.
Teach in context
Lessons should be planned in accordance with learning goals. And vocabulary, grammar, and language must be educated in context. For example, when teaching children foods in English, it should be within a meal context like breakfast, lunch or dinner, and should never be a list of items they must study or memorize.
Keep them motivated
As kids get older and reach their pre-teen years, some ESL games and tricks may not interest them as much as they did in the past. Find out what does interest them. To read more about tuition centre in Singapore east click here.