Teaching Special Groups in ESL - The Types of Beginners


The first group of students we are looking at in this series are the beginners. It is important to understand that beginners can be of any age. This is why we break this category down into the following sub-categories: absolute beginners, false beginners, adult beginners, young beginners and beginners without the Roman alphabet. Find out more about this type of student group in this video.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

The unit was an easy ready, however answering the tense questions based on given definitions was not (identify the tenses in example sentences was no problem). The practical side came naturally, theory came less naturally. This is the disadvantage of being a native English speaker, you don't learn about the functions of tenses and their definitions, you just learn how to use the tenses naturally. Thus, I realize that this is a very important chapter for native English speakers to thoroughly understand before teaching English.