Articles on ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching: workshops, conventions, techniques, teaching materials
In this article Marianne Raynaud explains why teachers should—even must—correct their students when they are speaking. "Marianne’s ESL Teacher Tips" give ESL/EFL/ELT teachers advice about teaching important aspects of the English language: grammar, tenses, spelling, reviewing numbers, asking questions, posing conditions, using indirect speech, etc. Questions teachers often ask themselves will also be answered. In this article Marianne discusses correcting techniques—mainly oral correcting. All the material comes from "QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book". The essential thing is to teach "language" so that students can partake with pleasure in activities. Language skills should be practiced regularly and thoroughly. We cannot expect students to perform correctly if they are not given the linguistic tools they need. Language acquisition is essential for students to become operational! This tip is about correcting students.
Sept. 14, 2015
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Missing Link in Education: "Someone Who Listens" meaning either a teacher working privately with one student at a time or a fellow partner showing real interest in what a classmate is saying. EFL/ESL/ELT, learning English, pre-intermedate to advanced A2-C2.Tutoring, pair work, learning on one’s own
Marianne Raynaud suggests we turn to "language or linguistic snobbism" to help conquer barriers in language learning. Why not become "snobs" (we say this facetiously!) and pronounce borrowed words according to their authentic original pronunciation instead of adapting them to other sets of phonetics? We would create a more respectful attitude towards all languages and help young people become bilingual speakers or even polyglots.
Effective oral exercises (ESL/EFL podcasts) to progress dramatically and get very good scores on international exams like IELTS, International English Language Testing System, TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEIC, Test of English for International Communication, Cambridge ESOL exams such as CPE, Certificate of Proficiency in English (C2), CAE, Certificate of Advanced English (C1), FCE First Certificate in English (B2), PET, Preliminary English Test (B1), KET, Key English Test (A2), BULATS, Michigan Tests ECCE, Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (B2), ECPE, Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (C2), London Tests of English, LTE level 5 (C2), LTE level 3 (B2).
Marianne Raynaud explains why ESL/EFL students don’t learn to speak English… and tells teachers what to do to get the students/learners speaking. The latter need practice through oral exercises, lab work, listening comprehension, cloze exercises, guided presentations, intensive pair work, tutorials, worksheets with easy-to-understand keys. She says students can “teach each other” from keys, information sheets, or prepared exercises. Also assign speaking activities like the interactive drills in the "QualityTime-ESL Podcasts" and "Your English Podcasts" and give "oral" tests. If possible get a simple audio lab with voice amplifying microphones or at least iPods for the class..
"Podcasts in English Teaching" - TESOL Spain 2012 ESL/ELT/EFL How to get students to listen to podcasts that will improve both listening and speaking skills. With Marianne Raynaud of QualityTime-ESL. Instructions about finding and using podcasts. Pictures giving step-by-step instructions particularly about the iTunes platform.
Marianne Raynaud speaks about ways to motivate shy students and get them to speak English in ESL classes. The solution is teamwork among teachers. This enables teachers to have a coherent program with effective testing methods and a clear curriculum. Teachers can write exams and publish workbooks together. Students will feel motivate to work garder and do better in a program that is well-organized and studencentered.
ESL/EFL/ELT English teaching, speaking skills, spoken English - Marianne Raynaud spoke at the IATEFL Convention in Harrogate in 2010 at on "Making Student Presentations Effective and Beneficial for Everyone!" She has uploaded the PDFs of her PowerPoint and the handout in different files.