I taught ESL students U.S. History. My students were from Venezuela, China, Japan and Korea. I also taught Oral English at Xiangtan, University in Hunan, China. My students were mostly Freshmen and Sophomores in College. I also would go around to different elementary schools in the area and assist the teachers with their English classes. When I was in Mexico helping build adobe brick houses for needy families, I was able to assist with the local English classes in the community.
I have my Bachelor’s degree in teaching secondary education in Health and Physical Education. I am currently learning Spanish and Chinese.
I would start the conversation with talking about how their day went and what their schedule is like for the week. I like my English lessons to be light and fun. I would be asking my students a lot of questions about their interests and help them to use description in their words and how to express themselves better.
My favorite conversation topics would be different cultures, traveling and the foods they like to eat.
Usually students need the most help in pronunciation. I would have them repeat how I am saying the word. Certain letter combinations are really hard for some languages to cross over, so we would be doing a lot of repetition as well.
My top 3 tips would be for them to,
1) Keep that passion of wanting to be a better English speaker because ‘interest’ is going to be your best teacher
2) Always write down goals to see how you can keep improving in each area
3) Practice speaking English out loud, even if it is to yourself.
When I am not teaching English I love to spend time with my family and go on dates with my husband. We like to go out to different restaurants and try different food. He loves learning about different cultures and traveling just as much as I do.
I would prefer a student that has a lot to say and will be very humble. It’s not always easy learning a new language, but if you really put your mind to it and will be open minded in what I have to tell you, then you will be very successful in learning English.