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    i would like the problems facing english language teaching in schools and the possible solutions highlighted and explained

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    Re: problems of learning english as a second language in schools

    Essay question?

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    Re: problems of learning english as a second language in schools

    Hello there,

    I might be able to help you but could you make your question a little more specific?

    Do you want to talk about the problems, or are you asking if that is a good title for an essay, and if so, for which students?

    Bye for now
    Shelley
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    "I might be able to help you but could you make your question a little more specific?"

    Dorood,
    I'd be glad if u let me know about improving one's vocab.
    Wish u the best.

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    Re: problems of learning english as a second language in schools

    Well... would you like to discuss about some difficulties that teaching English is facing nowadays?
    I am from Portugal and here, nowadays, we are facing some difficulties, not only in what concerns with teaching English, but also with the general educational system.

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    Re: problems of learning english as a second language in schools

    Dear Maaniana and Sunflower,
    Hello there.
    Well regarding improving your vocab - if you are a student of English - there is no magic spell I am afraid - you have to put in the effort. However there are constructive things you can do.
    Firstly read as much as possible in English - even if comic books are all you can manage - watch TV or movies - again watch BBC children's TV if your English is at a basic level.
    Then keep a vocab book and learn a few new words each day. The trick is to revise them the next day, a week later, a month later and six months later - if you don't use it you lose it. So on day two you will be learning new words and revising words from the day before. After one week you'll learn new words and revise two lots of words etc. I think 10 new words per day is ample - given that after a month you will be reviewing 30 new words a day as well as learning 10 new ones.
    For Sunflower and the difficulties in learning English - I think motivation is a big issue for teachers - how can a teacher keep their pupils interestesd or encourage interest in an unmotivated class, and also the fact that classes are too big to teach language effectively. I use games to keep interest and motivation up - and they work beautifully for that, and I also created an e-book of games to help teachers in class - including a special edition for large classes as I heard that in China classes can be up to 120 pupils.
    I have heard back from some teachers using my large class e-book and they are reporting success - which is good news - because I myself have never taught that many pupils so I wasn't 100% sure the games would really work - although I thought that they would - but I can confirm now that they do!
    I do not think that using games is the ultimate solution - that would be to cut class sizes down to small groups of 12, and to pay teachers proper wages so that many more quality people are attracted to the profession (to add to the many quality people already in it I hasten to add!) - however those things are not really any more likely to happen than we are likely to stop polluting the planet - so we had better find some good ways to work around the problems - and certainly using games in class is one of those.
    I had better get back to work now.
    Kind regards
    Shelley
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    i need an article about current issues on second language learning.....

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    Re: problems of learning english as a second language in schools

    Hi there,

    Well one of the problems is that classes are too big for an ideal language learning situation.

    With thirty children being normal, and often with classes as big as 40 or even 60 students the major problem for the teacher is how to get these students speaking.

    With adults one can do pair and group work more easily but with children it can be problematical because children have a natural tendancy to get distracted and mess about and before you know it your classroom is in chaos!

    So a solution for this is to use language games that have many class members participating simultaneously. The old scenario where the teacher goes around the class and each pupil takes it in turn to say one line is buried forever! Oh boy the boredom of those classes...

    So using games like the two below are one solution to this.

    Relay Race ESL Game
    http://www.teachingenglishgames.com/kidnap.htm

    Another major problem when teaching children is classroom management. Well this can be a problem, especially for young teachers who think that they will be able to be friends to their pupil when in fact they should be aiming at being role-models and not buddies.

    There are ideas addressing that issue here:
    Golden Rules of ESL Classroom Management

    and

    Fun ESL Classroom Games and Classroom Management

    And here's an article on some common teaching problems with solutions:
    ESL Games and Activities

    There are plenty more problems but that's all I've got time for right now!
    Check out my article on

    Shelley

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