Tips For Teaching Foreign Languages
In as much as learning foreign language seems very easy to achieve with my PIDP steps mentioned in Tips For Learning Foreign Language, teaching foreign language can be a big deal to contend with. It is exactly like trying to domesticate a feral cat, however difficult it may seem, it is actually possible and easy with the right techniques. Here are some tips for teaching foreign languages in the best possible ways.
First thing a foreign language teacher needs to understand is the cultural diversity of the learner(s). As a foreign language teacher, you need to be multicultural or at least learn about the learner’s culture as well as your own culture. This knowledge will go a long way to inform your teaching.
Learner’s lifestyle and relationships
You have to learn about learner’s lifestyle and relationships. By doing this, I bet you will not out-step your bounds. There could be some topics or terms that will be offensive to some learners but appealing to others. Knowing your learner will help you help them feel free and uncomfortable in class.
Understand your learner’s needs
You need to learn to understand your learner’s needs. Why is he learning the language? Is she obliged to learn it or at will? What is the focus of your learner? You don’t want to go about teaching agricultural terms to an accountant. That would be a blatant waste of information and time. Knowing his/her needs will help you customize the lesson.
Use multicultural examples and materials
Use multicultural examples and materials to foster cross-cultural understanding. The use of literature that are deeply rooted in the honor of the learner’s culture is a gesture that gives your learner a sense of belonging, hence aids better understanding.
Pay attention to learner’s reactions
Finally, you have to be attentive to the learner’s reactions towards your teaching strategies and be willing to adjust as quickly as possible to set a comfortable learning environment for all.
In conclusion, the fact I get to understand is that we are all learners irrespective of your position in the classroom, be it student or teacher. So, as a teacher, you need to continually develop yourself, which you can do by joining and getting language materials from Montessori Helpers.
Have any of these teaching techniques worked for you in the past? Or does any of the aforementioned strategies sound familiar to you? Leave a comment as we, together, nurture the proper ways to teaching foreign languages.