Teaching Beginner Students What are the challenges and rewards for
What are the challenges and rewards for teaching beginner students'
The most difficult challenge is the keep them focused. Each student has different reasons, motivation, and goals when they start to take language lessons. It is very important for the teacher to learn and evaluate the students, so that, they will be placed in the right level of classes and attention that they require to stay focused to what they are learning.
Young students come to class because of their friend or parents' choice. Also, their attention does not last for a long period of time. Hence, the teacher must make the lessons fun and interesting to make it effective. Adult students come to the class because they want to; possibly they may want to visit different countries, able to speak the language for business usage, or communication with foreign friends. These factors can play a big role in learning; therefore, they are more focused in learning.
There are many ways to get them focused and interested in the subject during the class. The teacher must be creative and patient. Also, it is critical to create an environment where the students will feel comfortable to making mistakes without embarrassment. Teaching beginner students can be tough because of a lack of knowledge of the language. It is helpful when the teacher can also speak their native language to assist with the new language or instructions.
Usually, what I have seen so far in my experience, the beginner classes starts with vocabulary lessons and basic conversational lessons; such as, 'Hello, how are you'' aided by photos, pictures, and video clips. Initial classes can be very difficult; for that reason. The teacher must make it fun.
Young beginner students will learn vocabulary and pronunciation quickly by use of songs and sentences without knowing the meaning of the language because they are flexible and sensitive to sounds. Also, their pronunciation and listening abilities will develop faster and more accurately than the adult students because they are open to a new language. It will be much more effective for the young students to playing a game, sing a song, or use activities to learn vocabulary and pronunciations.
Adult students, on the other hand, do focus better when they have some type of structure. They must set their own goals since each student has different motivations to learn the new language. They would normally enjoy developing basic communication skills, so that, they receive instant gratification. They would rather learn 2 basic conversational sentences than grammar structures.
In order to speed up the learning process, it is very important that the teacher gets to know the students, their interests, and build their confidence so that they will be able to learn effectively. Building teacher-student relationships and active listening will help develop great lessons for the beginner students.
Because of the numerous challenges, the end results for the teacher are very rewarding. You can show them the recorded first lesson to demonstrate how far they have improved which give them great confidence and incentive to learn more. As a teacher, you can also view the tape to improve teaching skills and lessons.
Teaching a new language is a great opportunity to bring the world closer.
I will always remember this as a teacher:
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
'Do It Anyway' by Mother Teresa