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    I am working on my TESOL course and wanted ask a seasoned teacher about their most effective teaching method experience. If anyone can describe their experience, I would be very grateful for the insights.

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    Re: Seeking teacher advice on effective teaching methods

    Do you mean using an individual teaching method? By and large, I find that methods are regarded as pools of ideas and techniques to be taken, used and adapted as seen fit rather than followed in their entirety.

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    Re: Seeking teacher advice on effective teaching methods

    I agree about using various methods based on the situation. But the reason I need an example of one is because my assignment requires an interview from a ESL teacher about their most effective teaching method experience.

    Thanks for moving the thread.

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    Re: Seeking teacher advice on effective teaching methods

    Quote Originally Posted by DazeDaze View Post
    I agree about using various methods based on the situation. But the reason I need an example of one is because my assignment requires an interview from a ESL teacher about their most effective teaching method experience.

    Thanks for moving the thread.
    I think you have two options:
    1. Find a real live teacher and interview him/her face to face.
    2. Ask very specific questions in this forum (one to a thread) and see what you get. Tdol has given the best short general answer you are likely to receive.

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    Re: Seeking teacher advice on effective teaching methods

    Please describe your most effective teaching method experience.

    thx

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    Re: Seeking teacher advice on effective teaching methods

    How about defining teaching circumstances?
    - age of learners
    - size of class
    - declared aims of course (e.g.spoken English for general purposes or written English for specific purposes)

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    Re: Seeking teacher advice on effective teaching methods

    Sorry, the assignment question is misleading. From my interpretation, and what I plan to write about, I need a teacher to describe and reflect upon a single teaching moment in the classroom that proved to be one of their most successfull teaching moments. With some explanation on how and why it was a success in educating the students.

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    Re: Seeking teacher advice on effective teaching methods

    Quote Originally Posted by DazeDaze View Post
    Sorry, the assignment question is misleading. From my interpretation, and what I plan to write about, I need a teacher to describe and reflect upon a single teaching moment in the classroom that proved to be one of their most successfull teaching moments. With some explanation on how and why it was a success in educating the students.

    I don't think a teacher has any one single moment of success. every day is a success if a student understands and learns what the teacher is trying to teach them.
    But if you want to know just one moment from those successes then I can tell you one of mine.
    While I was teaching spoken English to the 7th grade I noticed that they got very board with the Grammar lessons, so instead of giving them examples on my own I started to ask them after explaining to them (shall we say for example synonyms and antonyms) They started to give examples and it turned into a class discussion. So from then on I have always tried to turn these Grammar lessons into class discussions as much as possible.

    I hope this was of some use to you.

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    Re: Seeking teacher advice on effective teaching methods

    Many, many years ago I was teaching a class about conditional sentences. I uttered the authoritative words, "We NEVER use will (or 'll) in the if-clause". I was heartened to see my students writing down this helpful rule. I was less heartened a few moments later when one of my students asked me why I frequently said, "If you'll leave your homework on my desk as you go, I'll get it back to you tomorrow".



    Since that day I have never used the words 'never' or 'always' when giving "rules" . And I have tried to check my facts thoroughly before giving "rules".

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    Re: Seeking teacher advice on effective teaching methods

    I submitted my assignment. Thanks for all the input, very helpful.

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