Reflection on ESL Teaching Methods

Reflection on ESL Teaching Methods

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Reflection on ESL Teaching Methods

The information covered in the ESL 3303 course undoubtedly supports the lesson conducted by the instructor in the video that is the subject of discussion. The course is meant to train and equip first-time learners from a non-English speaking background with English skills. Students who do not speak English as their main language tend to have difficulty transitioning and fitting into classes where English is the main language of communication. The instructor covers important topics such as sentence construction. Learning about sentence structure is important for both written and spoken communication. As such, first-time language learners need to learn about the basic parts of a speech before everything else. Sentence structure is important because communication becomes easy once learners know what adverbs, adjectives, nouns, and verbs are.

After watching with video, I feel okay with the possibility of taking up an English class with newcomers that do not speak English as their first language. I realize that it would be a good fit for me because I have the virtue of patience. Before today, I was skeptical about taking such a class, but now I am confident in my ability to deliver and obtain desirable results. While teaching language is not an easy task, it is certainly rewarding and fulfilling. Teaching first and second-time language acquisition is not for the faint-hearted. It requires strategy and sometimes even using a native language to expound concepts. The key takeaway from watching this lesson is to seek meaningful feedback from the learners. After explaining a concept, I noticed that the teacher would give an example and take a moment to ask if they understood and if the task was easy or hard. Another takeaway is to let the students contribute to the discussion rather than imposing ideas on them. Allowing learners to contribute to the discussions helps them understand concepts better.