Category: One Minute Eltt Guide

1-min Eltt guide – How Can You Adapt Your Teaching to Different Learning Styles?

For visual learners, I should:

  • Use visual materials such as pictures, charts, maps, graphs, etc.
  • Use body language and facial expressions.
  • Use colors to highlight important points in text.
  • Encourage taking notes and provide handouts.
  • Use an illustration for main ideas or brainstorming bubbles before writing.
  • Write a story and illustrate it.
  • Use multi-media (e.g. computers, videos, and filmstrips)
  • Teach in a quiet place away from verbal disturbances.
  • Visualize information as a picture to aid memorization.

For auditory learners, I should:

  • Run class discussions/debates.
  • Make speeches and presentations.
  • Read text out aloud.
  • Use music to aid memorization
  • Discuss my ideas verbally.
  • Use dictation tasks.
  • Use verbal analogies, and story telling to demonstrate my points.

For tactile/Kinesthetic learners, I should:

  • Give frequent study breaks.
  • Encourage moving around when learning new things.
  • Use bright colors to highlight reading material.
  • Dress up my work space with posters.
  • Encourage listening to music while learning.
  • Use total physical response teaching approach.

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1-min Eltt guide – How Would You Teach a Reading Text About a Famous Person?

At the end of this lesson, students would learn about this person and write one paragraph about his or her life.

I would plan this lesson in the following steps:

1. First, I should create interest among students by asking them:

  • Do you know (the name of the famous person)?
  • What do you know about him or her?
  • What would you like to know about him/her?

2. Next, I would allow students to quickly read the text to see if it answered any of the previous questions.

3. Then, I would pre-teach potentially problematic vocabulary and phrases and give any possible practice exercises on them to check and reinforce their understanding and pronunciation.

4. After that, I ask students to read the text again for detailed information, and then I would give them some comprehension task such as:

  • Wh-questions.
  • True/false questions.
  • Fill-in-the-spaces questions.

5. At the end, I would ask students to write a paragraph about this famous person and for homework I would ask them to write a paragraph about another famous person they are interested in and know information about him/her.


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1-min Eltt guide – How Can You Manage Hyperactive Students?

Hyperactive students struggle to focus and stay organized. Many students, mostly primary ones are hyperactive. They need special attention from teachers to control them and help them understand the lessons. In case some students showed hyperactivity in my classroom I would:

* Great them by their names and create some time to speak to them individually.

* Build strong relationship with them by asking about their personal life, hobbies, activities, health and emotions.

* Praise them, if they did good things to make them feel emotionally safe in the classroom.

* Reinforce their appropriate behavior by giving them stars or gifts or by displaying their photographs on the class board.

* Tell their mistakes indirectly by asking them or the class: “Is that good or bad behavior?”

* Specify some time during the class for movement or doing some physical actions and encourage them to participate.

* Let them sit in the front rows to help them get the maximum concentration.

* Divide the big tasks for them into small steps making sure that they completed the first step before going on to the second one.

* Communicate with their parents and the psychological specialist at school asking for more information about them to use to improve their learning level.


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One-Minute Eltt guide – Common EFL Interview Questions & Answers

Peace Be Upon You,

As an EFL teacher, you may have an interview on your schedule soon, either for promotion or for getting a new job in your career.

So, you should take the time to prepare yourself in advance practicing interview questions and answers.

That’s why I’ve decided to publish the “1-min Eltt guide”, question-answer series of posts

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which aim at helping you be ready to answer any TEFL specific interview questions and provide you with the knowledge, skills and qualities needed to perform your job more effectively as well.

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1-min Eltt guide – How Can You Handle New Words in a Reading Text?

You can handle new words in a reading exercise in one of the following three ways:

1. Get the new and key words out of the reading text and present their meanings in the pre-reading stage.

2. Let the students read the text and underline or highlight the new words or the words they don’t know, and then work on the meaning of individual words afterwards perhaps while reading aloud to the students. 

In the previous first two cases the teacher should beware of wasting time on words that can just be ignored.

3. Don’t deal with vocabulary at all so that students read with relative fluency and get an overview of the text.

Even native speakers encounter words they’re unfamiliar with and may not look them up if they’re still able to understand what they’re reading.


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1-min Eltt guide – Why do We Use Games in EFL Class

We use games because:

  • When the element of competition is introduced, tension is lowered by the urge to win.
  • In a game scenario, students are motivated to use English because they are given a compelling reason to do so. To further their desire to use English, we tempt our students with a prize, which can only be won if all the rules are followed.
  • When students play games in the classroom, they feel fun and pleasure, and a positive attitude toward English language teaching is created withing them. This kind of attitude can result in intrinsic motivation which can accelerate their learning of the language.

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