FROM JAMES STAKENBURG
This month our featured country in the job section is Italy –
whiling away the winter months with a bowl of pasta and a hearty red
to ward off the chills sounds good to me. Many ESL teachers work here
in New York, but I’ve always thought it would be great to move
to Italy for a year or so and parlare Italiano. There’s
also another fun teaching tip for future use, some information on the
TESOL Certificate trainers and more. As always, please feel free to
contact me at any time if you have any questions or comments. I hope
you enjoy this window to the world of TESOL.
Me cold in Antarctica,
Head of Teacher Training
World Learning SIT TESOL Teacher Trainer
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Grammar for ESL Teachers 1
How often have you felt anxious
about teaching grammar?
Review Adverbs of Frequency
Is your present perfect? Do you wonder about
your past, present and future?
A comprehensive overview
of the verb tense system
don’t teach. Good teachers organize learning.”
Discover how to teach grammar
Want to bet you know your grammar?
Grammar for ESL Teachers 2
Is your grammar knowledge still being tested?
If you had to teach conditionals, what examples
would you use?
Review the Conditionals
Could modals be more confusing, or might clarity
A comprehensive look at Modals
So you have to teach a grammar point. Where
do you start? How do you create a lesson from it?
Grammar Lesson Planning
“The question is not so much ‘How
can I teach?’ as it is ‘How can I help these students learn?"
More inductive methodology
isn’t just sounds. What are the other aspects involved?
All aspects of pronunciation
What’s the /aI pi: eI/?
Review the International Phonemic
Do you wear you best vest or stop at the right
Practice with Minimal pairs
Do you wonder how to put this all together
and teach pronunciation to your students?
Learn how to teach pronunciation
How to Teach Vocabulary & Oral Production (Speaking) activities
“Without grammar, little can be conveyed. Without vocabulary,
nothing can be conveyed.” Wilkins
When to teach vocabulary
Different methods for teaching
Have you ever set a task and the students sit
there in silence?
In your head you’re screaming “SPEAK! PLEASE!!!”
Different activities for all
levels to get students speaking
How to Teach Listening & Using Songs in the Classroom
What’s that? Stuck for ideas on teaching
How to plan for a Listening
Steps for teaching Listening
Lots of Listening tasks and
activities for all levels in a communicative class
Do you enjoying listening to music? How about
Discover lots of activities
for songs you can use in the classroom
Using Drama/Theater & Audio-Visuals in the Classroom
To use drama or not to use drama in your ESL
class? That is the question.
Why it’s important
Lots of activities you can
We’re surrounded by media. So let’s
bring the ‘real world’ into our classroom.
Learn how to use different
AV materials e.g. documentaries, movies, commercials
How to Teach Reading & Writing
Do your students
find Writing boring? Reading a chore?
Steps for teaching & Lesson
Do your Reading and Writing classes fill the
room with silence?
Discover and experience a variety
of different activities you can use in your General English classes
JOBS IN ITALY
Each month SIT TESOL Alumni who did the course
at Rennert receive a monthly newsletter with details of upcoming
professional development seminars and workshops, as well as job
tips and teaching tips. We are also currently developing a comprehensive
job referral site for our website that will be password accessed
by TESOL Certificate alumni. In this month’s Alumni Newsletter’s
job section we head to Europe to eat pasta, ride a vespa and live
la dolce vita.
Olive Groves in Italy, 2006
This month we head to Europe to eat pasta,
ride a vesper and live la dolce vita…
The scoop on ITALY
(word-of-mouth advice from someone who’s been there):
“Working in Italy can be difficult for
Americans because it’s an EU country, however many language
schools do have Americans teaching at them. For many schools you will
need a work permit, although generally schools will not sponsor you.
You can stay for three months without a visa. Major cities for language
study include Rome, Milan, Florence, Perugia (where there is the University
for Foreign Languages). The busy times of year are November when college
starts; January when there are university exams; and at end of spring
semester in late May/ early June. Definitely though right after summer
time is the best time to look for work.
There is an opportunity if you have proper documentation
and you’re legal to work you can apply at the Department of Education
for public school teaching – they need mother tongue lecturers
– the have a list – you can apply for that every 2 years
– go to the local Dept of Education in each province.
The teaching day: Generally
there are private tutorials during the day and then classes in the evenings
from around 5:00pm to 9:00pm. There are also some early morning classes
starting about 8:00am. A lot of schools also send teachers out to companies
and other locations in order to teach. It is not necessary to speak
Italian – usually schools are run by Americans or British.
You won’t save money especially if you
live in a city like Rome or Milan – you’re probably making
10 or 12 euros per hour. But you will enjoy Italian life.
Finding accommodation can be tough especially
in a city like Rome, just like in New York City, but you generally don’t
need Italian to rent a place. In Rome there is a classifieds newspaper
called Porta Portese that is very helpful.”
TEACHING TIP OF THE MONTH
(This is a great way to introduce speaking
into a Reading lesson.)
1. Divide participants into small groups.
2. You can have one story or article divided into 2-4 sections, or have
2-4 separate articles or stories with a similar theme.
3. Divide the articles/stories or parts (segment) between the groups.
4. Each group answers comprehension questions about their segment OR
takes notes on their segment OR completes a table about their segment.
This works particularly well if the articles have similar points so
the tables or questions can be identical for all groups/ segments, but
this isn’t essential.
5. The group members then check their answers or notes together and
work together to clarify any lack of understanding.
6. The students are regrouped so that the new groups contain one member
each who read different articles.
7. The groups now share verbally with the other group members the information
that they read. The other group members use this information to complete
the questions or tables about the articles they didn’t read.
8. Reconvene as a whole group to discuss findings and clarify any questions.