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What's the most challenging aspect of teaching English for you?
 

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I teach English covering speaking, writing, reading and listening to elementary and pre intermediate students. I am supposed to give the class exclusively in English to students whose L1 is Spanish. As I speak to them I can feel that they hardly understand. sometimes I am tempted to use Spanish but I refrain myself. This aspect of teaching English as a foreign language is the most challenging because they can write and read. They have a passive English. I have tried mimics and pictures.I teach grammar using examples of real life. This has been the most challenging Anyway I have been successfull
 

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I teach English covering speaking, writing, reading and listening to elementary and pre intermediate students. I am supposed to give the class exclusively in English to students whose L1 is Spanish. As I speak to them I can feel that they hardly understand. sometimes I am tempted to use Spanish but I refrain myself. This aspect of teaching English as a foreign language is the most challenging because they can write and read. They have a passive English. I have tried mimics and pictures.I teach grammar using examples of real life. This has been the most challenging Anyway I have been successfull

Do you think pictures would be helpful for the lower level students? Or are they past the point where pictures could be useful or helpful?

Here are a few sites to get pictures for ESL and foreign language teaching.

Clipart and Pictures for ESL and Foreign Language Teaching
 

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Hi,

What I found most challenging in training adult learners on communicative english is the challenge to reinforce something, make them aware of their mistakes and reduce the frequency of their errors. Most times, they are not receptive to feedback and improvement.
How to simplify a grammar topic, make it interesting and relevant by using scenarios instead of rules.

Hey,

Is this more challenging in your current neck of the woods

What you meant by this expression and how can we use it in different contexts?

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Hi,

What I found most challenging in training adult learners on communicative english is the challenge to reinforce something, make them aware of their mistakes and reduce the frequency of their errors. Most times, they are not receptive to feedback and improvement.
How to simplify a grammar topic, make it interesting and relevant by using scenarios instead of rules.

Hey,

Is this more challenging in your current neck of the woods

What you meant by this expression and how can we use it in different contexts?

Thanks

"your neck of the woods" - in your area - around where you live

Here's an example.

Be sure to stop by and say hi if you're ever in my neck of the woods.
 

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What's the most challenging aspect of teaching English for you?

The most challenging aspect I am facing right now is trying go give the students a feeling on how to "think" in the foreign language.
I guess some of them still think that is impossible.

I don't consider myself a good teacher (I don't have a vocation for that), neither of English nor anything else - I can only teach those ones who are willing to learn. And as Feynman once said, those ones do not really need a teacher.

Regarding learning English (or any other foreign language), the most challenging aspect I see is to prove the theoretical linguistics that their 'L1' theory is wrong.
 

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Hi,
The most challenging is to teach pupils who have no interest in learning English. They think English is not important to them. They think they are able to communicate with others with their mother tongue and dialects, without having to use English ,their messages get across as they wish. So, why English?


 

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the most challenging aspect of teaching for me has been finding a way to be quite an efficient teacher who is at the same a helper not a strict hateful one

I'm teaching in elementary level of english, after two years, I changed the way I teach, and instead of being very easygoing, I get more serious than ever, the result was that, my students' skill and knowledge of english has got alot better, but I almsot lost those uninterested studens.
 

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If my pupils have the self motivation to revise what I had taught them, I think they'll improve tremendously . But frustratedly, they never do. Thus , to change their attitude is the most challenging
 

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If my pupils have the self motivation to revise what I had taught them, I think they'll improve tremendously . But frustratedly, they never do. Thus , to change their attitude is the most challenging

I think this is the very point! This is the most important aspect for teachers of any subject !! And you have to be aware, that once you have achieved this goal your they will not need you anymore. I would say:
"If my pupils have the self motivation to revise what I have taught them, I think they'll realized they do not need a teacher."

This is quite general, not just about teaching English.
 

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Hi,

It's not too general at all, for their first language, they use it not only spontaneously in their speaking in daily communication, but also possess the interest to read more , for instance newspapers, magazines and storybooks in their first language without having to push them at all.

Nevertheless, while learning English as their second language, the attitude is different,they are not only no motivation to revise ,but also no interest to read any reading material which is in English. Therefore the ESL teacher struggles to elicit their interest by planning various activities for them.

So, I always tell them , "You are unfair to your English teacher, very bad."
 

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what I find challenging in teaching is being motivated, ( teacher' s motivation not learners' motivation) becouse without being interested in what you are presenting to your students, your lesson will fail.
 

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what I find challenging in teaching is being motivated, ( teacher' s motivation not learners' motivation) becouse without being interested in what you are presenting to your students, your lesson will fail.

What about using your own English learning goal as a teaching motivation? Pay particular attention to all your English students doubts. Make their doubts yours. And search for answers. Share some of them with us here at UsingEnglish.
That is exactly what I do as an ESL teacher.
 

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What about using your own English learning goal as a teaching motivation? Pay particular attention to all your English students doubts. Make their doubts yours. And search for answers. Share some of them with us here at UsingEnglish.
That is exactly what I do as an ESL teacher.
My problem is that I like English more than teaching it.Most of the times I find myself uninterested in what I am teaching which really upsets me and makes me unsatisfied about what I am doing.sometimes, I think that this lack of motivation will disappear as soon as I get accoustomed to the teaching process becouse I am a new teacher.
 

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My problem is that I like English more than teaching it.Most of the times I find myself uninterested in what I am teaching which really upsets me and makes me unsatisfied about what I am doing.sometimes, I think that this lack of motivation will disappear as soon as I get accoustomed to the teaching process becouse I am a new teacher.

I understand exactly what you say. I am a new teacher as well. Try to teach more at intermediate/advanced level. Use your classes to practise your own English. I think the initial/beginning classes are more difficult to teach in the sense that one needs to be a real teacher in order to achieve his goals.
 
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