Teach English in ChagAnnuoer Zhen - Chifeng Shi

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In this summative essay I would like to discuss the various types of teaching styles and how they support different types learners. As an ESL (English as a second language) instructor, it is important to recognize the intelligence of your student who speaks another language and may very well be highly educated. It is very different from teaching grammar school English to elementary school aged children. As a result of this vast difference, teachers of ESL will have to be flexible in their teaching styles, so as to appeal to the learner and keep their minds interested and stimulated. There are various teaching styles that will be discussed and elaborated upon, which will be very useful in the classroom. One of the most effective teachers use the visual technique. Visual teaching is a style that many ESL students have responded very well to since it shows them what to do instead of telling them what to do in a language of which they only have basic understanding. Many visual teachers are a good hybrid of facilitators and delegators. This means that they will show students what is expected and how to accomplish their goal, then let them develop their skills. For example, visual teaching will utilize a diagram or pictures when giving instructions on what to do next or on any given assignment. It allows students to understand what is required of them in a nonlinguistic method. Secondly, linguistic group work is a technique used by many successful instructors that allows students to practice speaking what they have learned. Linguistic group work is a teaching style that will allow students to be engaged in their learning. Although group work is not as teacher led as other teaching styles, it does allow for learning because the students are getting a lot of practice. Teachers who implement linguistic methods by assigning group work, are more delegatory instructors. It gives learners the chance to develop the skills that they need in order to develop their English speaking and conversation. This type of delegatory teaching style also utilizes the various levels of students in the class to encourage one another and builds confidence. It is also helpful because it allows students who may be reluctant to speak in front of a large class, to find comfort in a small intimate group. The third teaching style I would like to discuss is the auditory teaching style. Auditory teaching allows for students to use listening to learn how to understand new vocabulary and also how to speak. Auditory teaching, or listening is effective because it helps students mimic what they hear, much like a child who is first learning to speak. This teaching method utilizes several different tools such as, songs or music, movies, audio books and documentaries, as well as lectures, etc. Having students listen to different types of works and then asking them questions, also helps develop their ESL comprehension skills. In conclusion, in my own opinion, I find that using all of these techniques make the most of the ESL teaching and learning experience. It is important to flex between each of these teaching styles and methods in order to appeal to each type of learner.