Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Teaching English Should be Like Jazz

How many times have you taught the present continuous? I think I may have taught this form well over 1,000 times! So, how do we go about presenting the present continuous - or any of a myriad of other forms? How can we make sure that the teaching in fresh, not too repetitive, and, most importantly, engages the student? I think the answer is that the presentation might be repetitive, but the follow-up needs to really focus on what the class needs, rather than strictly sticking to a lesson plan. In other words, have a plan, but be flexible to student needs. That's where jazz comes in. By keeping your lesson objective first and foremost in your mind, but allowing for improvisation during the lesson, you'll ensure that your students improve, but leave enough room for conversation, review, and expansion. Here are some tips on how to do this.
From:  Kenneth Beare

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