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naypalm Apr 9th, 2008 01:39 am

Please Help New Teacher
I'm in Japan teaching an English conversation class to adults. its just so hard to get them talking. There are only 5 students, its like they are too shy and embarrassed to speak. can anyone offer any advice or suggest any games that forces them into speaking?

thanks, naypalm.

KathrynBrooks1 Apr 10th, 2008 07:14 am

Re: Please Help New Teacher
Try starting out with a lot of TPR (total physical response). Do a Google search if you haven't used TPR before. Use verbs and prepositions in your lesson, and don't be afraid to make it fun and silly. For example, when you give them directions, tell them to stand on a chair; then to stand on the ceiling. They will laugh if they have understood. This may help them loosen up a bit, which can lead to them feeling more comfortable with their conversations. Also, don't correct them when they are conversing. Grammar and pronunciation should be taught separately. Best luck to you. Hope this helps.

naypalm Apr 11th, 2008 02:07 am

Re: Please Help New Teacher
thanks kathryn,

ive got a lesson tonight so i'll give it a try!


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