Three veteran EFL teachers weigh in on several teaching topics, which include motivating learners, which country’s students learn English the fastest, and the importance of using native speakers in the classroom.
Rakesh Bhanot, who has lived and taught in over 40 countries, has this piece of advice for EFL teachers:
For me, the main factors are not (necessarily to do with the teacher, the methodology, the resources etc. but the MOTIVATION of the learners. If the students have a ‘compelling’ need to learn the language, they will master it more quickly.
My suggestion for colleagues would be cut down on the ‘teaching’ and focus more on creating conditions whereby the students want to learn.
For anyone teaching English to children in countries like China, Korea and Japan there is no immediate or compelling need for their students to learn English.
These kids aren’t trying to get into a good university, or get a good job just yet.
One could conclude that playing English games, creating fun situational activities, and singing songs are the best ways to motivate and elevate language skills in young learners. Even the best textbook cannot compare to this type of teaching.
That said… it’s pretty hard to measure progress without a textbook. Good luck convincing our students’ parents of that.
By the way, Bhanot and his EFL colleagues will be speaking at the next EFL forum on 5-6th June, 2015 in Bratislava (that’s the capital of Slovakia).
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