We like to think that we have some insight into what makes a great English instructor. However, credentials are not the only indication of a superb teacher. Therefore, we sought advice on the best practices for teaching O-level English.
Keeping students interested
An influential English teacher is aware that students who are motivated and open to learning will advance the most. So how can we maintain the interest of our kids in their lessons?
To keep students involved and because people learn best by doing things, it is important to ensure that lessons are learner-centred and that students participate in them.
Students can better comprehend how the course content connects to their goals by helping them define goals and explaining why certain class activities are beneficial. If students see how the lessons benefit them, they will be more eager.
Teachers should get to know the student’s interests, needs, and goals and then develop classes that correspond to those using various resources and activities.
In addition to ensuring that students are aware of their own needs, goals, and strategies for achieving them, teachers should also pay attention to what the students want. For instance, most of our students aspire to obtain a high IELTS score but are frequently unaware of how to do so or that General English courses are equally crucial to IELTS preparation. Therefore, we teach them the specialized abilities needed for the exam while also assisting them in realizing that raising their General English proficiency will result in a higher IELTS score.
providing study techniques to students
Grammar and vocabulary instruction is crucial, but to be a genuinely effective English teacher, you must also educate your pupils on how to study. Here are several ways we accomplish this:
Giving pupils the study skills they need to utilize and practise their English independently assists them in becoming independent learners.
Emphasizing grammar and vocabulary as well as all the skill areas (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) will help pupils improve.
Make sure students in exam-focused classes are aware of the exam’s content and its many task kinds and that they have practised all of these.
Providing and accepting criticism
The only way we can improve is to recognize the areas where we excel and those where we fall short. This goes for both teachers and students.
An effective English teacher provides students with constructive criticism and aids their learning.
It’s crucial for teachers to regularly solicit feedback from students to understand how they feel about their education and whether they are satisfied. We accomplish this through formally planned weekly lessons and casual discussions with students.