Teaching Tips: Best classroom techniques for teachers of English

Teaching Tips: Best classroom techniques for teachers of English

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of International House, we have produced a series of 60 ‘Timeless Teaching Tips’ across a series of videos which you can access here:

We consulted EFL experts, and also tapped into the expertise of the staff within our IH schools, to share their top tips for the EFL classroom. Whether you’re new to teaching or are experienced in your field, these timeless tips might give you some food for thought in the classroom.

number one teachers need to know how to use whatever presentation material they want to use if you're going to use a board you need to know how to use a board you know think I'm crazy yes well I just rise on the Bob well no it's not that simple you need to know how to use a board and if it's an interactive whiteboard you're using you need to know how to use an interactive whiteboard if it's a projector with a computer you need to know how to or vice versa you need to know how to use it number two you need to have a clear view about what correction is for the more I think about it and I've been thinking about it a lot recently I don't think you can leave correction to be done just by instinct something you need to think about kind of counterintuitive techniques spring to mind like the idea is stepping back and just allowing things to happen which is a kind of non technique those are actual technique techniques I really like dictation techniques especially dictogloss and I love the idea of AK sort of approximate dictation activities where you start with the text which somebody speaks and then people note down and then they make it into a new text and then they maybe read that out and it's kind of moving language around the room and it's a very holistic technique because it basically tests all the skills at the same time somebody's speaking some B's listening they're writing and the reading what they've written and they're changing it around so that's that's an area that I think is sometimes underused what I want to talk about is young learner teachers and a tip or a technique for young learner teachers that all young learner teachers should think about and that is that you are entitled to be the teacher in a young learner classroom you do need to play games you do need to have fun but you really do need to be the adults in the room and you need to be the grown-up and the teacher and that involves really thinking about your classroom management and how you're going to get that class working effectively and taking the time to concentrate on that and not just focus on teaching the language but actually developing their behavior their attitude and their engagement with with learning as a whole not just English you lock myself in storytelling and I think it can be a really powerful way to teach when I use quite a lot it's a story about how I've got a scar on my arm here and I nearly lost my arm and I've used this story a lot of times and it's a sort of how I got my scar what happened and what I've done with it each time is to tell the story and people are going to look really cool zero and then get them to analyze the language I used in the telling of the story and then get the students telling their own stories but using the same language structure and if I there are a lot of good books on this subject is where there's mangoat Andrew writes who wrote a number of books about storytelling storytelling for children for adults different grade groups Mary are in Beaulieu cream wrote a book a long time ago once upon a time what you remember of course and there's some lovely ideas in there for storytelling I remember the best advice I was given very early on when I started teaching some my director of studies observing me and write you know the lesson I thought gone very well and fast paced and the students were all involved and he said to me afterwards that it was good but who are we asking all the questions well actually I was I said well maybe some of the questions could be asked of students and that completely changed where it started teaching had students asking each other question and it was amazing amazing effect on their teaching so I would say yes one piece of advice get the students to ask the questions you

36 thoughts on “Teaching Tips: Best classroom techniques for teachers of English

  1. There are some really valuable comments here – by some of the biggest names in the EFL world. Fascinating stuff!

  2. Not surprised that Thornbury comes up with a simple and perspective-changing tip. I consider him to be the master of simple, yet highly effective teaching techniques.

  3. Can't believe no-one mentioned drilling, repetition and imitation.
    That is the only real technique you need. A baby can't read a white board or take dictation. It listens to its parents, and copies them. Adults aren't really any different. You can teach any language to anyone without using any resources at all. You have a pattern you want them to learn, and you just use it again and again and again in the lesson, in as many ways as you can, and in as many set-ups as you can be that drilling, dialogue, repetition etc.

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  5. To get to know the name of your students and to quickly take roll. use a seating chart. Quick glance you can tell who is absent and then while teaching you can call on all the kids by their names.

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  8. An excellent combination of, perhaps, the key techniques to teach English. We are certainly indebted to your efforts.

  9. Thank you for the tips and the link. I love Jeremy Harmer's books, specially "The Practice of English Language Teaching."

  10. Thank you my dear and best teacher, Jeremy. Regards from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Greetings from Bénédict Schools. !!  🙂

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