How to Teach Beginners English: 13 Fundamentals You Need to Use

Teaching beginner English students is one of the most rewarding levels to teach. It’s also the most difficult if you don’t speak your students’ language. Beginners might be my favorite level because it really tests the skills of the teacher. Unfortunately, most teacher-training courses (TEFL/CELTA), tend to ignore this level completely. Luckily, I’ve got some great methodology and tips for you.
Welcome teachers to my series on teaching beginners! This is part 1 of the series, and it’s all about your approach. In the video, we go over thirteen important fundamentals to teach this level effectively.
The two most important fundamentals of teaching beginners are to know exactly what you want to teach and to spend a lot of time building up toward language fluency. Even someone with zero English ability can end a lesson with real-life communication. Watch the whole video for all of the beginner methodology you need to be successful in the classroom.
I love it when I get feedback on my videos, so all your comments and suggestions are welcome.

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Watch the entire beginner series!
Part 2: Teaching vocab
Part 3: Planning a lesson

My favourite resource for teachers
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The Language House TEFL:
This is the course that I run in Prague. We are an award-winning, onsite, teacher-training TEFL course in Prague. If you are interested in teaching abroad, do check us out.
Pack Your Bags and Move to Prague:
A great FB group to connect with grads of the course to learn all about teaching and living in Prague
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00:00 intro/subscribe/background
03:00 1 know your goals
03:50 2 charisma
04:50 3 assume they know nothing
05:38 4 hardly ever speak
06:44 5 built up slowly
07:14 6 use visuals
07:57 7 elicit everything
08:29 8 slow it down
09:05 9 teach less
10:00 10 teach chunks
10:57 11 error correction
12:09 12 teach contractions
12:55 13 drill to death


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