First day of school for a new English teacher

Wondering how to survive the first day of school? We've all been there! You're both excited and nervous. But trust us: you will get the hang of it! Here are some useful tips to get off on the right foot and set the tone for the whole school year.✔️ Impressing the ClassYou don't get a second chance to make a good first impression. That's why you have to arrive early. OK, this is a no-brainer, but we must say it: the early bird catches the worm (and all students' attention)! Check that everything you may need (e.g. a computer, smartboard or tablet) is there. And you've certainly spent some time mapping out what you will be teaching during the first month, but it doesn't hurt to take a quick look at your notes and detailed lesson plans again. Remember that there is no such thing as being too prepared for your first day! Now, think back to the last time you first met someone. A warm smile, eye contact and a positive attitude can work wonders, right? On the other hand, a constant fidget and other signs of nervousness and tension don't help at all. So, greet every student warmly... and take the first step to a great school year!✔️ Breaking the IceFind some good ice-breaking activities and help your students to share a few details about themselves. In this way, you'll develop some rapport and you'll have the chance to easily assess your new students' language ability. And don't forget that in every form of verbal communication there has to be some give and take. So, don't be afraid to share something fun or unusual about yourself! Your English learners will be interested in finding out who you are. Show your students that you want them to feel like they know you on a more personal level. And a pro tip: A photo with your pet(s) could earn bonus points!✔️ Building the TeamHave your young students make fun name tags and wear them. Devote some time to allow your older English learners to get to know one another. And finish your first lesson with a fun activity that will create a feeling of unity. For example, you could encourage young learners to create a unique ‘English Classroom Rules’ poster with this helpful worksheet from our Voices 4 series. You could also have your students participate in fun team games. Or say yes to a catchy classroom cheer, which is also a great way to promote a strong sense of togetherness. Well, if you've ever been a member or a supporter of a competitive team, then you know that a good cheer can inculcate a really powerful sense of team spirit! And if you manage to create a positive classroom atmosphere and let your students leave feeling excited, then they will look forward to your next lesson!✔️ Setting the RulesMake it clear from the first day of class what you won’t tolerate. Students need to know what each teacher considers acceptable behaviour. Setting the necessary rules and talking about the classroom routines at the very beginning will help you to avoid discipline problems in the future. But bear in mind that having too many rules or not sticking to them won't help in the long run!✔️ Using the Latest TechIf there is a webpage or a class social media account where your students can find info, such us useful exam dates, this is the day to tell everyone about it. Remember to explain how your students can use the E-planet e-learning platform to review all the material delivered in class and complete extra activities online. Do they know that they simply enter the PIN number on their e-learning card and in a few simple steps they are ready to go? And if your learners are young, then you know that effective communication between you and their parents will be important during the school year. Try to understand their concerns and explain how you'll inform them about their children's progress. And make sure that they know how to use the new E-planet mobile application, which provides both students and parents full access to English learners' progress and test results!✔️ Expecting the UnexpectedYour first day may not go according to plan. In fact, during most first days in life, things hardly ever go as planned or imagined! And that's OK. Well, Mike Tyson (yes, the famous American professional boxer) spoke from experience when he said that everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth! Accept that something you can't predict right now may send you completely off course; it’s not uncommon for a meticulously mapped out lesson to turn out differently from what you had planned. So, don't necessarily aim for perfection – just relax and go with the flow. So, you are now ready to get off to a good start; we hope you enjoy your first day of school! Take a deep breath and let your passion for teaching shine through!...

September 22, 2022

Getting your students back on track after summer vacation

No matter how many tips and tricks you're aware of, the back-to-school season always seems stressful, right? Well, transitions can be tough for all students. Even if the students are excited, chances are they are also sluggish, nervous or unruly. That's why you need these last-minute suggestions for reinspiring English learners and getting them back in the groove after summer holidays. Keep reading and by the time September rolls around, you'll be ready to get your students back on track and keep them enthusiastic about learning English!➡️ Make it positiveThe back-to-school season can be a real bummer for some students! But creating a welcoming classroom and a positive atmosphere spurs creativity and helps us all to feel more motivated to learn. So, what can you do?First of all, rethink your classroom design and choose a seating arrangement that will encourage your students to learn. For example, you could create a horseshoe-shaped formation or flexible clusters. Seating plans can make or break even the best of classes! And remember that although you're all getting back into a routine, you can always try something new to shake things up. Even the smallest of changes can make a big difference in a classroom environment. For example, adding a splash of colour in a classroom or creating a reading and educational board games nook can make a classroom much more interesting. So, before another school year starts, follow our advice and find out how you can create a happy place for all learners!In addition, a positive classroom atmosphere can be easily achieved if your students start building a close rapport with one another. So, make it much easier for them. Don't ask them to write the classic essay on how they spent their summer holidays. Instead, encourage your young English learners to write a short bio or have a discussion about their hobbies and find 2 or more classmates they have something in common with. For older learners, a class debate is a great idea that can always get everyone talking. And if you provide private English language lessons, establish a close rapport with your students by sharing some fun or unusual facts about yourself!A catchy classroom cheer is also a great way to create a positive classroom atmosphere and promote a strong sense of togetherness. Well, if you've ever been a member or a supporter of a competitive team, then you know that a good cheer can inculcate a really powerful sense of team spirit!➡️ Take it slowIf you want to get your students comfortable with using English again, take baby steps. Your learners can't be in holiday mode one day and then totally back in business! That's why you shouldn't dive into hard and challenging projects straightaway. Pick up the pace slowly and let your students become more prepared to tackle tough exercises without feeling overwhelmed. For example, why not have your young learners work together on a project on their summer experiences and unforgettable moments?The first homework assignment should also be an interesting one. Nothing hurts motivation more than the thought of a boring, lengthy essay! And bear in mind that focusing on group work rather than individual assignments can make any homework better since students have an opportunity to interact with each other and get excited about being back at a language school.➡️ Make it funA few unexpected activities that are full of good vibes can spark your students' interest in learning again! So, why not try a quiz or brain teasers? For example, most youngsters would love to take a quiz to decide which artist needs to come and give your language school a total makeover! And have you ever thought that you could use Instagram to take English teaching to the next level? Cool, right? People often say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, maybe a picture on Instagram can also help your young students to learn a thousand words! Create a fun educational account and start sharing smart learning tips and tricks, grammar rules, useful vocabulary and fun idioms! A great idea for older students is a class social media account – an account created by both you and your students. In this way, your English learners will also learn how to use social media responsibly! You could also use crossword puzzles, educational board games for children or adventurous games for teenagers and adults to add a little bit of unexpected fun and an element of competition! And don't forget to put some things that your students will look forward to on the calendar.Last but not least, bear in mind that a project or activity with real-world applications is always a good idea, as students are excited to learn something they can easily put into practice.➡️ Put it in orderEncourage your English learners to get organised. Provide your young students with a simple checklist/to-do list or a small planner as a reminder of anything important, e.g. test dates and deadlines for homework assignments. And don't forget that colours, post-it notes and stickers may have more power than you think! For teenagers and adults that use smartphones, there are many apps that can become great tools with useful to-do lists and reminders.In addition, you should motivate all your English learners to learn how to avoid procrastinating (admit it, we've all been there; most students seem to be predisposed to procrastination!). Explain that planning ahead, creating a routine and setting rules (e.g. always start studying for a test 10 days in advance) can help them stress less. Teaching time management strategies also helps a lot. And being familiar with a few relaxation techniques that can reduce stress when your students get the jitters may work wonders!If you are trying to come up with more ideas for inspiring and motivating your students, take a look at these proven and winning strategies for motivating English learners.So, the big day is nearly here. Are you ready for the new school year? If you have anything you’d like to add to this list, share your thoughts, ideas and tips in the comments below. And if you're looking for more smart tips and useful advice for the new school year, stay tuned for more #backtoschool smart tips and useful ideas!...

August 10, 2022

30 July - International Day of Friendship

Yes, at E-planet we'll be celebrating International Friendship Day on 30 July! So, how can you celebrate with your students? Here's how to get started!Friendship Stories & ArtMost likely your young students are familiar with the story of Mowgli, the clever boy who grows up in the jungle with Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther... Well, that's a classic story of friendship that could be a great starting point for a simple speaking or writing activity.Take a look at the following questions and get inspired: Who is Mowgli's best friend? What are the qualities of a good friend? Can you write a list of all the words or phrases that you associate with friendship? Do you believe that people who have lasting friendships are happier than others? Your last question should be: Which artist could be your best friend? Listen to what your students have to say and then ask them to take an awesome quiz and find out what the fun Tate Kids site suggests! You could also encourage your English learners to create an arty bracelet to give to a friend! Just click here: Making a friendship bracelet.For older learners of English, just download this amazing worksheet from our Voices B1 student’s book and let them not only sharpen their reading and vocabulary skills but also understand why having a supportive circle of friends can make a big difference in their lives!Friendship Posters International Friendship Day is a great opportunity to promote teamwork, help young learners to form friendships and create a positive culture in your ELT classroom. How can you do that? Well, first of all, you can divide your students into small groups and ask them to make some posters celebrating friendship. Use popular quotes to prompt class discussion (e.g. What's your favourite friendship quote? Why?) and then ask your students to choose a quote, get inspired and create their poster! For young students, start with quotes they are most likely familiar with. For example, 'A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside' is a phrase by Winnie the Pooh that many children know and understand. For older learners, famous English poets, novelists and playwrights can offer the needed inspiration. The well-known phrase 'Words are easy, like the wind; faithful friends are hard to find' by William Shakespeare is a good starting point. 💡 In general, you should always bear in mind that activities which require pair/group work help your learners to form bonds with each other and learn how to behave respectfully. Even if you provide private English language lessons, motivate your students to work on projects and activities with friends.The Secret Message ProjectWhen you were a child, did you ever want to send a friend a super awesome secret message? Hmm, let's see if you can write in invisible ink with your English learners! Explain to your students that they just have to squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl and stir in a few drops of water. Then they dip a cotton bud into the mix, write their message on a piece of paper and give it to a friend. And ta-da! When he or she holds it close to a light bulb, the message will appear as if by magic! 💡 That's an engaging STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) activity that can easily foster curiosity and love for PBL (Project-based Learning). So, through friendship we can generate passion for a better world. Let’s help all English learners to appreciate this special day! How are you planning to celebrate this year's International Friendship Day with your E-planet students? #happyfriendshipdayDownload the worksheet here.

July 30, 2022

Summertime: Keep Your Kids Learning English!

All kids are looking forward to a well-earned break, new adventures and no homework, but summer is a great time for learning. Well, young students don't have to sit at desks to be successful language learners! This two-month break from the ELT classroom can be a great opportunity to help them to keep an active mind and make the English learning experience feel fun and magical. So, here are 7 smart ways to keep your children learning all summer long!1. Writing & Expressing OneselfJournals, diaries and scrapbooks are fun keepsakes and great tools that help us to develop our writing skills! So, encourage your kiddos to write about their thoughts, feeling and things they enjoy in the summertime such as family trips. Well, it doesn't matter what they focus on, just that they're making a habit of writing every day! Tip ✏️ Writing about our emotions can lower our stress and anxiety levels. That's why motivating your little ones to record their summer experiences is a great wat to help them to learn how to easily decrease their stress levels and have a sense of well-being. 2. Reading Something Every DayMake sure that your kids have something to read during the summer. When it comes to preventing summer learning loss and keeping English learning on track, reading is one of the easiest and most effective ways!Let your children explore the book genres and topics they're most interested in. Graphic novels, comics and graded readers are great opinions. Kids who are hooked on reading know that if you like book series (like The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter or Diary of a Whimpy Kid), you will want to know all you can about the adventures of your favourite characters...and you'll become a bookwork! You can also get your youngsters the English version of the books they love.Creating a reading spot at home and keeping it vibrant with lots of colours and patterns can also motivate your kiddos to read every day. And have you noticed that it's always easier to get started reading when screens aren't around us? When going to the beach, to a park or for a ride, make sure that your children carry a book. Also, bear in mind that an e-reader or a tablet is an excellent portable alternative; if our little ones do carry screens around, let's put them to good use! Tip📚 If you don't know what the English level of your child is, trust the reading experts who always know how to find the perfect book. Just follow their advice and the Five-finger Rule: Let your child choose a book, open it to any page and ask him/her to read it. Count the number of words you kiddo doesn't understand at all and hold up a finger for each word. 0-1 words: too easy. 5+ words: too challenging.3. Embracing a New CultureThis is one of our favourite summer challenges of our students and their parents. Embrace together the amazing cultures of English-speaking countries! You can choose the country you'll focus on each time and your children have to get creative with crafts, games, art projects, books, films and songs that are associated with it.Tip 🇬🇧 Many children love helping in the kitchen. And all cuisines can offer excellent insights into history and culture. So, why not turn dinnertime into an English lesson by trying a new British, American or Australian dish? While you cook, have your kids read the recipe and the necessary ingredients. What a delicious way to keep learning!4. Creating a Gratitude JarYou'll just need an old-fashioned glass jar (an old cookie jar or a big jam jar should do the job) with a ribbon that your kiddos will tie around the rim. They could also use stickers, glitter or other materials to decorate it; whatver will make them smile when they look at it! Every day, your kiddos should write down in English something they're thankful for (a good feeling, a new experience, something that made them smile) on little pieces of paper and then place them in a jar.Tip 🫙 When your children have a down day, a note from their gratitude jar will remind them that life can be full of special moments!5. Getting the Ball RollingIt may be stating the obvious, but sometimes we have to be reminded that watching cartoon films and kid-friendly series in English (with or without English subtitles) is useful! After all, there is no doubt that this is a classic and time-tested way to quickly improve language learning. Young children can easily identify with animated characters and often enjoy imitating them (did someone say Frozen and Paw Patrol?). And most teenagers are screen-obsessed, so there's nothing better than a series they love and some popcorn for a great weekend!📺Tip: A familiar plot can help. And our cartoon films, Let's Have Fun with Ozzy & Let's Play with Ozzy, are always here for our young students around the world with tons of action and fun!6. Calling the TimeMotivate your children to start their summer days with English upbeat music (trust us, it won't be a hard sell!). They may not be able to understand everything, but song can help them to improve their listening skills and master the English language. So, why not indirectly expose your little ones to authentic and easily accessible examples of spoken English? Listening to memorable lyrics and rhythmic language is a great way to learn pronunciation patterns and get used to various accents, idiomatic phrases and colloquialisms with no pressure. Tip Music can become very handy during summer dives or when you're stuck in traffic with your kiddos. So, set the mood with some popular English songs and make your next road trip or rush-hour drive a memorable one!7. Playing & LearningCrosswords, board games, brain teasers and puzzles can help your kiddos to expand their vocabulary. Get the English version of Taboo, Scrabble or any other popular board game and let the fun begin! And 3D puzzles of the most famous buildings or Instagrammed landmarks of English-speaking countries are always great in case you're running our of ways to keep your little ones entertained. For example. your kiddos can build their own model of the world's most famous clock, aka Big Ben! That's a great opportunity to have them discover why it was built and who created this horological masterpiece. And you'll have something new to display at home! Tip You can also find many free online games and apps, which are both entertaining and useful when learning a foreign language, not to mention the numerous online quizzes you can use to help your little learners practise their English! For example, you can motivate them to find out which arty sea creature they are or where in the world they could be lost. That's it! You are ready to help your children to make the most of the lazy days to come! Just one last tip: Help your children to understand that studying and learning English can be an ideal vehicle for communication all over the world. Your kiddos will soon be able to reap the rewards!And did we mention that though our tips are aimed at helping children, they are just as useful for adults?How are you going to keep your kids learning this summer? Join the conversation below and let us know!...

July 22, 2022

Teaching Business English: Myths & Facts

Do you feel intimidated at the prospect of teaching Business English? Do you know in what ways teaching General English is different from teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP)? Are you familiar with the most suitable approaches and the latest trends in Business English teaching? Sometimes it can be difficult to disentangle myths from facts. But identifying and debunking the unrealistic expectations and myths that are associated with teaching Business English can help us to meet our students’ needs. That's why E-planet is here to help! Are you ready? Even some long-held beliefs may be called into question. So, let’s get down to business! Myth #1: You have to be a business expert Fact: A usual misconception about Business English is that the teacher has to be a business expert. But that’s not true. Your students are already professionals in their fields. They don’t need any business advice. They need someone who can help them improve their English and understand how they can use their skills in a business context – and that’s where you come in! You are the expert in the field of foreign language teaching who can help them climb the career ladder, achieve their ambitions and become better professionals in their field of expertise. Myth #2: Teaching Business English is dull Fact: Teaching Business English does not have to be deadly boring! Do you find listening to people about their chosen fields dull? Teaching Business English is interesting for you because you gain new knowledge about different fields of expertise. In addition, the fact that you are not a business expert makes it easy for you to ask several questions and help your students to easily practise their speaking skills! Moreover, as a Business English teacher, you have the chance to interact with students at different stages of development and from all walks of life. And Business English is certainly interesting for your students because they know that they need to improve their skills. That's why you don’t have to grab their attention; they are already interested in what you teach! Myth #3: You don’t teach Business English to low-level learners Fact: Even pre-intermediate and intermediate learners of English need to know how to prepare a well-written CV that will maximize their chances of getting hired, how to make a brief presentation, what they should include in a written invitation to a meeting, in what ways they should answer a business phone call... Low-level learners also need to increase their confidence, learn how to use English in day-to-day work activities and become able to communicate effectively in the international workplace. When teaching Business English to low-level learners, focus on role plays, conversations and a variety of realistic situations that are similar to the students' real-life work circumstances. Understanding job profiles and having good overall communication skills can also be a huge advantage in today's business world. There are many great Business books and endless online resources that can help you to get your low-level Business English students ready for working life! Myth #4: You have to focus on endless vocabulary lists Fact: While it might be tempting to give your students endless vocabulary lists to memorise, that’s not what they need. What they do need is to learn new vocabulary in realistic contexts (for example, a job interview, dealing with a supplier or a customer, emails, business trip reports, etc.). Bear in mind that many students can’t understand the difference between formal and informal English. They may not be familiar with the standard conventions when writing a business text and they don't know how they can make their messages more effective. Even intermediate and upper-intermediate learners of English need help in order to gain a better understanding of the English language in the field of business. Myth #5: You don't have to teach grammar Fact: Business English is more than jargon. And grammar is as useful as a business suit and a briefcase or a laptop bag!Although your students may have memorised lots of grammar rules, they need to understand them. For example, your students should know how to use the passive voice in order to shift the focus from the person doing an action to the action itself. They should also be familiar with the conditionals if they want to negotiate successfully. Myth #6: Higher-level learners don't need Business English lessons Fact: Once your Business English students reach a B2-C1 level of English, they know that they can perform well in an international work environment, and that’s why they may not be as motivated as you would expect. In addition, they may be bored and tired after a long day at work. So, what they need is motivation and a teacher who can help them understand that Business English lessons open up new career opportunities and offer a competitive advantage that is essential to survival in the international job market. Knowing General English does not mean that they can talk about business trends, handle business negotiations or understand the strategies and key language they need for writing on social media platforms. Convince them that success in business is about confidence. And help them to become inspired to go the extra mile.So, there you have it. The thought of teaching Business English should not be a daunting prospect. Follow our advice and tips and you’ll get the hang of it after your first lesson!For some practical classroom ideas, check out these 5+1 ways to become a better English teacher. And if you want to find more useful tips for teaching English, inspirational guidance and free resources, check out our Resources for English Teachers....

May 23, 2022

Celebrating English Language Day

You do know that English Language Day is celebrated on 23 April, right? But why? Well, this day has been chosen because it is thought to be Shakespeare’s birthday and the anniversary of his death.If you are wondering how to celebrate this special day with your students, E-planet is here to help! Take a break from your usual routine and dedicate a fun lesson to the English language!Our EFL Classroom English Language Day is a great opportunity to create a positive learning environment. Just help your young students to create a unique and eye-catching ‘English Classroom Rules’ poster with this helpful worksheet: Our English Classroom Rules! In this way, your English learners can familiarise themselves with the rules and practise their reading and writing skills. Can you think of a better way to decorate your EFL classroom? British English (What else?) Do your students realise that there are many varieties of English? For example, Londoners live in flats and New Yorkers live in apartments. A sidewalk in the U.S.A. is a pavement in the U.K. British people have biscuits with their cup of tea or coffee, but Americans eat cookies. Americans go to centers (not centres) and theaters (not theatres). Encourage your students to understand and embrace the differences between British and American English (you could also add Australian English to the mix!). Our blog post British and American English: We speak the same language, right? is here to help you! Another great idea is to focus on the entertaining side of learning English with fun and mind-blowing facts about the language we all love. For example, most English learners are impressed when they learn that Monday gets its name from an old Anglo-Saxon word which means ‘the moon’s day’ and that in Ancient Britain, girls who were born on Mondays were given the name Mona as this was the Old English word for moon. And all young learners have fun when they try to pronounce ‘pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis’, the longest word in English! Let our blog post 10+1 Facts About the English Language… that will make you say ‘Wow’! inspire you!Discovering Shakespeare's World How much do your students know about the most famous playwright? Do they understand the impact that the Bard – as Shakespeare is often referred to – had on modern-day English? Ask your students to make a list of words and phrases that Shakespeare invented and are still used today. Have your younger learners create a poster about Shakespeare’s life or his most popular plays.You can also take a look at the Teach Shakespeare site and search for resources that will help you to teach Shakespeare by play, theme, language or character.Happy English Language Day! How are you going to celebrate this day? Leave a comment and share your inspiring ideas with us!...

April 19, 2022

5 Winning Strategies for Motivating English Learners

Motivation is one of the most important factors in language learning. And just like any other skill, it can be developed. That’s why having some super engaging activities, ideas and strategies in your back pocket is always a good idea. If you are trying to come up with ideas for inspiring and motivating your English learners, here are some proven strategies!🔖 Gaining knowledge by experienceHave you ever noticed the buzz of excitement when children in a science class do experiments and projects? Well, all students enjoy hands-on learning and creative activities!When we hear the word ‘experiments’, our minds go immediately to subjects like physics and chemistry. And when we think of the word ‘creativity’, we usually imagine art and music classes. But hands-on, creative learning activities can be brought easily into all EFL classrooms. Just motivate your students to create something new: an essay, a story or a poem, a stimulating piece of art or an attention-grabbing construction project!🔖 Embracing pop culture Imagine that you want to help your students practise the past simple tense. Will they be more interested in a boring gap-filling exercise or in that outrageous outfit their favourite actor chose to wear yesterday? Will they eagerly focus on a poem or on the lyrics of a popular song?Bringing pop culture into the equation will help you to keep your students engaged and willing to learn. When keeping English learners focused on what you’re teaching seems like a herculean task, grab their attention with pop culture elements that will help you to build a bridge between what is taught in your classroom and what happens in life.🔖 Using digital toolsAll children, teenagers and adults can easily view English learning as a necessary step in order to access the digital world. In other words, they are motivated to learn English because they want to use technology. So, pull out the big guns: smartboards, computers and smartphones! Making use of technology and combining text, image and audio can always make a lesson much more interesting. And online activities are great allies when teaching English. For example, a WebQuest can motivate all learners (whether they are 8 or 28 years old!). You cannot expect your students to be motivated if they only do endless grammar and vocabulary exercises. Technology can be much more empowering! 🔖 Taking advantage of the competitive spiritNo matter how old we are, we all love competitions and games that help us to beat our peers! That’s why including an element of competition will motivate your students.Fun educational board games, quizzes, crossword puzzles and other fun activities transform learning into play and help your students to revise what has already been learnt and practise their skills in an effortless and motivating way. 🔖 Creating a friendly environmentAvoid overcorrecting and undermining students’ confidence. Bear in mind that praise can work wonders in your classroom. That’s why you should celebrate all the small achievements of your students. Positive reinforcement is essential!Creating a high-quality classroom environment can also spur creativity and help students to feel more motivated to engage in the learning process. Rethink your classroom design, create a horseshoe-shaped formation or flexible clusters and add a splash of colour and motivational posters with success quotes. Even the smallest of changes can make a big difference in a classroom environment!And don’t forget to share your enthusiasm! As Steve Jobs once said: ‘The only way to do great work is to love what you do.’ Think back… When you were a child, how did you feel about a boring lesson and a demotivated teacher? If you get excited about your lesson, your passion will motivate your students. It’s as simple as that!...

March 30, 2022

Teaching English: Tips for Private Tutors of ENGLISH

Whether you are new to the world of private tutoring or an experienced English teacher looking for ways to improve and become the successful educator you’ve always wanted to be, E-planet is here to help! Are you ready? Time to GET, GO & GROW!📌 GET organisedPrivate tutoring can be a very rewarding experience. But starting and getting organised isn’t always that easy... That’s why a new online platform, which has been especially designed for tutors of private lessons, is here to cover your needs!The E-planet Platform provides a host of free materials: weekly and monthly course plans, a series of supplements, access to the teachers’ books you need and a special panel to help you monitor each student’s progress. You can easily store the detailed information you need about all your students, keep records of their scores, check who is using the e-learning program and keep track of online midterm and final tests. Cool, right?Our user-friendly platform is already operating for European countries and it will gradually become available all around the world.📌 GO the extra mileAlways be willing to go the extra mile for your students. As you get to know them, you will find out that there are things they are passionate about and make their eyes light up. Each time they mention a hobby, a favourite film or a new book they’ve read, they offer you an opportunity to prepare an activity tailored to their interests. That’s how you will know what materials and topics to choose in order to make your lessons much more interesting for your students at every stage of their English language learning journey. Our Seasonal Activities & Topical Resources can also help you make learning motivating and enjoyable with ready-to-use materials and active engagement activities for learners of different ages, levels and interests.And when you notice your students getting bored, try a quick game, a quiz or brain teasers. Nothing kills the desire to learn more than boredom, so always be ready to shake things up! Remember that you are the one who creates the routine and chooses how to respond to student behaviour. When learning in a classroom, everything is busy and fast-paced. On the other hand, learning with the help of a private tutor, affords time for a much more personalised and fun approach. Take advantage of it! You could also use educational board games for children or adventurous games for teenagers and adults from time to time to add a little bit of unexpected fun and create a positive and uplifting atmosphere!📌 GROW your student baseConsider specialising in a particular field. For example, teaching Business English could make you stand out. In general, bear in mind that there is always demand for experts who can successfully teach English for Specific Purposes (ESP).Think outside the box. With nearly half of the world’s population using social media platforms, they’re a natural place to reach new students. Gather real-world data and learn from what other teachers do on social media. Create engaging content that students will like, comment on and share. Consider current trends and think: What do people want to view these days? For example, Instagram stories and live streaming have become quite popular. Can you incorporate these trends into your social media routine?Do you have anything you’d like to add to this list? Share your thoughts below!If you liked this blog post, you might also enjoy reading this one: 5+1 Ways to Become a Better English teacher....

January 27, 2022

Don’t Say It! (5+1 things English teachers shouldn’t say in the classroom)

What shouldn’t we say in the classroom? How can we motivate our students and keep them enthusiastic about learning English? When we know better, we do better. So, let’s get off on the right foot!❌ That’s wrong!We all know that positive reinforcement is essential, right? So, negative remarks won’t help!*What to do: If you ask a question and a student’s answer is wrong, don’t focus on that or provide the answer yourself. Give the student the chance to self-correct. Peer correction can also help to create a positive classroom atmosphere as your English learners realise that you are not the only source of correction and that they can also learn a lot from their classmates. Bear in mind that all students intuitively appreciate teachers who create a supportive and non-threatening atmosphere in the classroom.❌ Do you understand?Well, we really shouldn’t ask our students if they have understood what we’ve just explained. Most students will just say ‘yes’ even if they haven’t understood anything at all!*What to do: Check for comprehension with the help of a game, a crossword puzzle, a quiz or another fun exercise. Help your students put what they’ve learned into practice and grasp a deeper understanding of the English language! Using books with engaging, playful and creative activities can be a great source of inspiration. ❌ You’re so lazy!We’ve all heard parents and other teachers say that children and teenagers nowadays are just getting lazier and lazier. But that won’t certainly somehow magically teach our English learners what it means to try more and study hard!*What to do: Firstly, always remember that you can’t make people behave better by making them feel worse! If your students seem bored and lethargic, they may need a different approach that fits their needs in a better way. Remember that you are the one who creates the classroom routine and chooses how to respond to student behavior. So, be willing to make the necessary changes in your own classroom to create the learning environment children and teenagers need to thrive. Keep being supportive and always keep an optimistic attitude about the outcome. Moreover, bear in mind that if some of your students seem lazy or have to be constantly reminded what to do next, they may deal with a learning disability that is impeding their progress in English.❌ Because I say so.Well, it’s true that these four words can roll off our tongues really easily… But we do know that ‘Because I say so’ won’t work – at least not for long!*What to do: Always make an effort to explain, no matter how tired you are!❌ I’ve already answered that question.Our role as teachers is to motivate our students to ask questions and seek answers. There is no such thing as a stupid question. And it doesn’t matter if we’ve already answered a question!*What to do: If necessary, go over the same points again and again. Do not overwhelm your students with long and complicated sentences when giving instructions or explanations. And always remember to apply the KISS (Keep It Short and Simple) design principle in your EFL classroom (especially when teaching English to newbies)! ❌ Your brother/sister/fellow student is better than you.Comparisons can only lead to trouble. Using other people as great examples may seem like a smart way to inspire our students, but it usually leads to resentment, jealousy, and less effort.*What to do: Praising the effort of a student usually motivates him/her to try harder. in addition, your English learners should have a good idea of your expectations, so you can talk in general about what all students ought to do to make their work stand out.Do you have anything you’d like to add to this list? 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