13 Guidelines For Being An Effective ESL Teacher

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When I first started teaching four years ago, I was extremely sceptical about the effectiveness of online teaching, but since then I have accumulated a lot of experience; and I am now a proud and dedicated ESL teacher. There are guidelines / strategies that can help you to be an effective ESL teacher and I'd like to share with you a few things I've learned along the way: 

 1. Listen to your students
Hear them out and remember all the important details they've shared. Show them you care.



2. Don't come on too strong
Respect them. They will share more when they are both comfortable and ready.

3. Treat them right
Don't treat them like a number, and respond to them in a genuine way - they'll be delighted.



4. Be consistent
Don't take them for granted; treat them as good as you did the first time you met.

5. Treat them like a valued partner
Ask for their thoughts, show them that their opinion matters. Don't be afraid of the truth - you might like what you hear!

6. Build their trust
Be compassionate, sincere and courteous. Do your best to help, guide and teach them. Be confident with what you're saying/teaching.

7. Be open with mistakes
Stepping up and apologizing tells them you care, and not just about your ego.

8. Call on time
Follow through on your word. Walk the walk.


9. It's not you, it's me
Recognize your responsibility in any outcome.

10. Be knowledgeable of other cultures and countries
Basically, you don't want to be the socially awkward, red-faced English teacher, but rather the open-minded one that can have fluid discussions with his or her students about such matters.

11. Encourage them to talk more
Every opportunity to speak while in class should be afforded to the students.

12. Use humor while teaching
There is a qualitative difference between being a clown and being humorous and funny. A good laugh will allow them to relax, stimulate the creative parts of their brains and feel more comfortable speaking up.



13. Tell them "Thank You"
Kindness and gratitude can improve the quality of your relationship and keep them excited to learn more.



I hope you enjoyed and learned something about this post. Share your thoughts, comment below! Happy Teaching!

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