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TEFL Videos - Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses - Teaching Idea Considerations
Before looking at specific teaching ideas for the present simple tense, let's first look at some considerations for teaching ideas in general. We have to remember that these activities will be used in the activate stage of your lesson. Here, the focus will be on building fluency and using the language in a bit more of a free-flowing way yet still focusing on that class' language point. We also have to consider the appropriacy for a number of factors: timings. Whether the activity will be too short or too long. We want to look at ages making sure that the activity is appropriate for young learners or adult learners. We also have to take into consideration our language levels. Will the activity be appropriate for our starters or our pre-intermediates or our intermediates? Will the activity be appropriate for a small class or a large class? And last but not least, certainly, we have to take into consideration our students' culture and their interests making sure that the activity is appropriate for either one and finally, we need to make sure that we're maximizing our Student Talk Time. Are the students using the language as much as they possibly can while they're still in the class? The more appropriate the activity will be, the more Student Talk Time we'll get.
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It is clear from this lesson that conditionals and reported speech could be very confusing to non-native speakers of English. Because it comes naturally to an English speaker, it is absolutely necessary to be clear and prepared to teach a lesson on these forms. The verb changes for reported speech can be confusing. A good teacher will spend a lot of good preparation time on the lesson to ensure that everyone in the class can understand. And a good teacher will move slowly during the STUDY phase and allow a lot of good time for practice.