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The Right Way to Teach a Language

Learning a language is meaningful in itself. However, for the meaning to be appreciated, one needs a positive learning environment. This is a situation where corrections and not judgments are applied. The setting becomes torturous in the presence of a teacher who acts as a lecturer instead of being a facilitator of learning.

TalkShop, the best English school in the Philippines has become the choice of foreign students and executives who wish to harness their skills in English communication. Abdullah Caldir from Turkey said, “TalkShop is the school I chose among all others because when I walked into their institute, I felt welcome and accepted. All the consultants are friendly and sincerely nice. When I enrolled, I had a great time with other foreign students in my class. I learned how to communicate using correct English grammar and pronunciation. The rooms are also very clean. Ms. Cecile has helped me improve my conversation skills. While Mrs. Pilar taught me to improve my pronunciation and communicate excellently. Because of them I am now much more confident, especially in using English outside the classroom.”

Discerning parents enroll their kids who also get delighted by the way TalkShop conducts its English classes. Japanese teen, Jean Luc Yokota said, “I learned so much from my teachers at TalkShop. I like that I got to talk to many foreign people. I really enjoyed it. TalkShop is good because I get the chance to enjoy talking to all kinds of people from different countries. The consultants are also very good because I got to improve my communication skills with their teachings. I want to improve my English even more. I will enroll in TalkShop again and talk to even more foreign students in their classes.”

TalkShop Founder and CEO Sheila Viesca, pioneer of Integrated Language Teaching (ILI) in workshop design shares, “For language learning to be effective, we need the right formula: Relevant lessons, fun activities and delivery, and sensible educators.”

RELEVANT LESSONS

Language teachers should go beyond the confines of the classroom when designing communicative activities for their students. Once the student leaves the classroom, he engages in real-life discourse that may require him to deviate from the usual structures of phrases and sentences learned in the classroom. With exposure to the formulaic expressions, their variances, and reasons for using them, he becomes adept at interacting and even negotiating meaning with speakers of the English language.

TalkShop recommends that lessons meet the particular requirements of the student, and at the same time be appropriately calibrated to challenge his learning pace. While repetition is important, language teachers should ensure that students do not get stuck at a certain level or overly-focused on certain topics. Relevant lessons guarantee that students are constantly motivated because the lessons they learn are immediately applicable.

FUN ACTIVITIES AND DELIVERY

Language acquisition is fun. It should not be too complex to be appreciated by the students. There are ways to adjust the activities to suit the level of students. The main consideration in the design and delivery of activities is to make students involved and get them to interact. This will result in self-validation and stronger motivation to continue learning even outside the classroom setting.

TalkShop recommends the use of colorful and creative tools and games that match the language lessons. A kinetic learning environment – where the students actively participate by following instructions, creating rules, guiding others, or monitoring their own progress – ensures easy comprehension and guaranteed retention of any subject matter.

SENSIBLE EDUCATORS

All the initial efforts will amount to nothing in the absence of a sensible educator. Sensibility may not be the threshold competence by which an aspiring teacher is measured. But it is the one skill that she must keep honing to continue growing into excellence in the field of teaching. Students change as fast as the lessons they require to learn. Sensible educators keep learning so they may know more than what they are teaching and be able to help their students better.

Ms. Viesca points out, “Sensible language teachers make the difference not only because of what they can teach but more so because of what they inspire their students to continue learning and being. Language excellence goes beyond language. And almost always, it is because of a sensible educator who was able to connect with his student by giving the first positive nudge that made all the difference.”

TalkShop represents TESL Philippines, the country’s certification board for Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). To know more about the best teaching program for you, call your TalkShop Consultant today at (632) 894 5588 or 0917 853 5588.

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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