Teaching Beginner students There is a lot of difficulty in


There is a lot of difficulty in teaching beginner students; trying to teach someone so unfamiliar with a language that you have known your whole life. On the positive side teachers say that the teaching of beginner students can also be the most rewarding and most fun. Also even though all beginner students may look the same there are many different types of beginner students. These terms are not mutually exclusive students may fall into a couple of the categories. There is the false beginner who has had some exposure to the language and culture being learned about, but even with that minimal exposure not much has been retained. Then in contrast there is the actual beginner; the true beginner that has never seen or had any exposure to the English language. Both false and actual beginners can be either children or adults. Even though the adults and children are all beginners, they learn in different ways and are in the class for different reasons. Most adult students have chosen to take the class themselves and do not need any motivation to try hard in the course; on the flipside most young learners have been forced into the course and motivating them to learn is a large part of the EFL class. Also the methods in teaching adult learners and young learners are different. Adult beginners like to have a class that gets right to it. They prefer to have a structured class in which educating them in the new language is the ultimate aim, interest, and concern. Young beginners are very different in there thinking. Young learners want to learn also but they like to learn while having fun. Keeping entertained and having fun is as important or more important for young learners than becoming educated in the new language. Young learners have a lot of energy so if you can harness that energy and then direct it into positive way, meaning that the energy of the students can be positive for their learning or negative. So the lesson plan for young beginners should include a lot of visuals, games, and activities that still have a focus on education. Even if students show more interest in the games that in what they are learning, the games still have the byproduct of education. A difficulty can be presented if there is a mix of the types of beginner students. If there are young learners mixed with adult learners, then it is the teacher's responsibility to show fairness to both groups and find a way to satisfy the needs and interests of the class as a whole. The teacher must make the class exciting enough for the young learners, but still keep in mind that the adults in the class that are probably not interested in some of the games that the children want to play. There teacher must reach a compromise to accommodate all students. For many reasons teaching English to beginners is hard to do, because they are starting off with no knowledge of the topic. By the same hand by teaching beginners then they will have no previous knowledge, and the way that you try to teach them will be the only way that they know. If the students have had previous teachers with different styles, then there style could contrast to your styling's and create confusion in the class. So while there are different types of beginners, advantages and disadvantages, rewards and cost; it can certainly be said that teaching beginners is unique to the teaching of any other group. (http://esl.about.com/od/teachingbeginners/) this website provided a lot of good essays on how teach beginners.