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SELF STUDY ZONE - Teaching Tips


1. Plan your board work ahead of time. Decide what examples you need to illustrate your target language / structure and include them in your lesson plan. That way you will have clear and effective models for the students to copy.

2. Use different colour markers to highlight the grammar, pronunciation, or stress.
E.g., past tense     walked (t)      finished (d)     wanted (id)

3. Try not to write with your back to the class. Sideways is better. Avoid giving explanations or instructions with your back to the class.

4. Always check your board work for careless mistakes such as spelling, grammar, etc.

5. Always give students enough time to copy down what’s on the board. With lower levels especially, check students' notebooks to make sure their spelling is correct.

6. When teaching vocabulary, indicate syllable stress and part of speech and provide examples of how the word is used.
E.g., ambitious (adj.). The boy was very ambitious.

7. Provide a substitution table whenever appropriate.
           him     drink lots of liquids
E.g., If I were you I would see a doctor          
           her     take an aspirin
           them   go to bed             
8. Resist the temptation to clutter up the board with unrelated items.

9. Remember, the board isn’t just for writing. You can attach pictures and other graphics to it with blue tack.

10. A picture is worth a thousand words. Use stick drawings to elicit / test vocabulary. Write the word in later.

11. Keep it simple.