My teaching approach
you approach teaching English.
purpose of language learning is being able to communicate after examining the
various teaching methodologies I have come to the conclusion that the Oxbridge
way of teaching is by far the best, the easiest and the fastest way to learn a
way of teaching is very motivating for
the students as from lesson one they are able to communicate themselves , they learn without realizing they are
learning, just like children, learning by repetition and imitation, no
complicated grammar structures involved
what so ever, I have spoken English all
my life and only three weeks ago I was learning the grammar, which I found a
bit hard because it was a lot of information in a very short period of time, but
very useful as now when I help my friends with their essays I can explain the
sentences to them, instead of saying “ this goes here because the other way
doesn’t sound correct.” So I can say I learned the Oxbridge way.
approach the teaching process in the Oxbridge way of teaching.
I think it
is very interesting the way teaching a language has evolved during the years and for obvious reasons it
needed a change
English was taught mainly by giving grammar structures to the students and non
ending lists of vocabulary and the result was that after 8 years of studying
English at school they were incapable of speaking the language.
students now a days learn a language because they want to or because they need it
to communicate in English at work or because they want to travel, the difficulties they can find in learning a
second language can be in the way they
make the structure of the sentence as they can change the grammar as in their
of things being communicated is more important for L2 acquisition than their
form, so teaching students this way helps them not to produce grammatical errors.
The learner must be given the opportunity to use the language for
factors are also very important, if the students like you and the way you
teach, if you make the lesson interesting, if they enjoy it they will learn more and
faster than if they were learning with a text book.
plan my syllabus just like Oxbridge´s there is no need for me to do one as I
really do think this is the most interesting and encouraging way of teaching/
learning a language, it is the easiest way, it is the way I teach my children
and I find it fascinating that it wasn’t my invention, it was already invented.
must interact with the students and guide them through the lesson, giving clear
instructions, helping the students understand the meaning of the TL by giving
them several examples or as many as they need until its clear for them. The
teacher must create a warm classroom atmosphere where students feel comfortable
and will not be as afraid to speak in L2. Creating rapport is fundamental.
Praising and encouraging students is very important as this increases students
sellf-esteem and also helps them lose fear of speaking.
is essential, this way we get to know if the student understands us, you can
read them . Correcting students is also
very important, always doing it in a nice way so they keep trying. One of the
things I like the most is “ get out from
behind the desk become an actor” it is just
the perfect way to teach because there are no gaps between the students and the
materials, pictures, body language, opinion cards, games, songs, tongue
twisters, adverts, short stories,
nursery rhymes and things like these is what I would use to teach my students,
I would never use text books as such nor fill in the gap activities which I
find unproductive, non challenging and tedious, and really this way you don’t
learn much or nothing at all.
beginners is a challenge as they have no knowledge of English, we must remember
that we are the model and resource of the students, as I said before we learn
by repetition, so whatever we want to say we must say it first , we have to
build productive and receptive skills We must establish the most common
learning patterns, we must talk slowly
so they can imitate the sounds we reproduce, we must be clear in our
instructions. We must use meaningful gestures to complement the communication
also using visual material, we must be kind, gentle and patient but we must not
patronize. We must teach one concept at a time and we should use cognates so it
makes understanding easier for the student.
teaching advanced students such as P4 we can introduce more complicated skills
teaching them phrasal verbs, cockney rhyming slang, tongue twisters, proverbs, idioms. We can teach them according
to themes, or by discussing their literal meaning. Always checking they
understand what they are reading and their meanings, looking for synonyms such
as “to look after”= to take care of and always correcting or praising their
pronunciation. Advanced students do more topic activities it encourages them to
debate and speak
translate to their L1, make them explain the word they are trying to say, help
the students use the language then you can tell them the word they are looking
for, but this way they will always remember and if they want to know a word
never write it down spell it out for them.