Tips for new ESL Teachers

Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL Teachers) can be a tough road to take, but it is incredibly rewarding in the end. We’ve put together a few top tips for keeping yourself and your pupils on track!

Slow and Steady

In some sessions, less is more. Don’t try to cram too many lessons into one session. What you will most likely end up doing is frustrating yourself and confusing your students. Most concepts need to be easy for students, particularly young students, to digest. Break the information up into more manageable pieces instead of trying to get ahead of yourself.

Remember to Take a Back Seat

It can be tempting for you to hover at the sides of your students to make sure they are following all your instructions, but this can be stifling. Sometimes it is a good idea to step back and let them make their own path. They might make mistakes but these can be rectified and built upon. Remember that it is not in the end result, but in the journey that you learn the most.

Nobody is Perfect

badge-1093968_960_720As in any classroom, you as the teacher are bound to get some things wrong. What is important is that you learn from your mistakes, bank them in your mind and move on from them. Don’t pore over them for hours on end, trying to figure out what you did wrong and why. Learn from them going forwards.

It isn’t always easy, whether you’re an ESL Teacher, a Teaching Assistant or a Substitute Teacher, so it is important not to get too caught up in things. Sometimes you need to take a step back and re-think. It will not do you or your students any favours to barrel in and try to solve all problems at once. Give it time!