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ERIC Number: EJ1035720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Teaching the Native English Speaker How to Teach English
Odhuu, Kelli
English Teaching Forum, v52 n2 p2-11 2014
This article speaks to teachers who have been paired with native speakers (NSs) who have never taught before, and the feelings of frustration, discouragement, and nervousness on the teacher's behalf that can occur as a result. In order to effectively tackle this situation, teachers need to work together with the NSs. Teachers in this scenario have the opportunity to share their experience and knowledge, both of teaching and how English works in their country, with NSs in order to develop their teaching abilities for the benefit of the students. The benefits for the teachers are the increased use of English when interacting with these NSs and an increased knowledge of their culture. Granted, many NSs do have a great amount of English teaching experience, but this article focuses on the ones who do not. One resource for these NSs who now want to teach English is Snow's (2006) "More Than a Native Speaker: An Introduction for Volunteers Teaching English Abroad." But what happens when the NSs must begin teaching right away? They may not be able to access this book in time. This article discusses two important aspects that an NS should know before teaching English in a school: cultural development and educational development. In this article, the term "cultural development" means the culture of English in one's own country; meanwhile, the author defines "educational development" as the most important assistance that teachers can give these NSs to help them quickly become effective teachers in the classroom. An appendix provides: "Questioning Method to Help NSs Teach."
US Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, SA-5, 2200 C Street NW 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20037. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A