Teaching children can be immensely rewarding, anyone who has taught children can tell you that. But it’s not fun and games all the time, and sometimes it’s just not that easy. English teachers who wish to teach children must be aware of the challenges and difficulties they may encounter, and prepare accordingly.
Here are the top 10 things to consider if you’re serious about teaching kids English:
Are you really up for it?
If you want to teach kids English because you think it’s easy, then this is not the job for you. Teaching children demands a great deal of creativity and energy. Kids will always keep you on your toes! They will amaze you and surprise you, but don't think that just because you'll be teaching colors and animals, it'll be a breeze. You'll most likely feel exhausted after every class, but oh, so happy!
A little preparation goes a long way
Try to cater to multiple intelligences
Don’t let them get bored
If children are bored they won’t pay attention, and they won’t learn. You don’t have to clown around all the time, either; they're in class to learn, not to be entertained by you. Your job is to make learning engaging and fun.
Mix it up
Be prepared to deal with parents
It is also recommended to encourage parents’ active participation in their children’s English learning. Even if they don’t speak English themselves, they should be encouraged to ask the kids what they’ve learned, share songs, etc…
Gather an arsenal of materials
Remember it’s not all about the games
Teach in context
Lessons should be planned in accordance with learning goals. And vocabulary, grammar, and language should be taught in context. For example, when teaching children foods in English, it should be within a meal context like breakfast, lunch or dinner, and should never be a list of items they must study or memorize.
Keep them motivated
The moments shared with your young learners will far outweigh any of the difficulties or disadvantages commonly associated to teaching children. Just make sure that learning English is not a chore for them, but rather a positive learning experience, one that they will remember for years to come. Make sure they have fun learning, and you'll have fun teaching them too!
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