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ERIC Number: ED224348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Eye-Openers for ESL Teachers.
Roth, Phillip W.
"Teaching for the moment," an approach to teaching English as a second language (ESL), is described. In addition to using nonclassroom moments to expose students to language discovery, this approach involves changing instructional materials to get to the students' level of language and experiential development. It also involves taking advantage of each situation as a potential learning experience within the classroom. For example, a bird flying into an open window in the classroom was used to present continuous tenses to describe what the bird was doing at various times. Teachers can provide variety in the classroom learning experience by using different teaching methods, including audiolingual, silent way, suggestopedia, counseling learning, and total physical response approaches. When students in the ESL classroom are having difficulty with some aspect of the language in the middle of a lesson, the teacher may teach the corrections on the spot. Specific ways to improve interest in ESL instruction and make it relevant to the students' environment may include using Mother Goose nursery rhymes to teach comprehension and culture or simple line drawings (droodles) to elicit oral responses from students. The need for teachers to know where language resources exist, and implications for teacher trainers, curriculum writers, and program directors are briefly addressed. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: In: Boyd, John R., Ed.; Haskell, John F., Ed. "Selected Papers from the Illinois TESOL/BE Annual Convention" (10th, Chicago, IL, February 26-27, 1982).