Almost every new teacher of English is going to teach young kids at one time or another. They are both delightful and terrifying to newbie teachers.
Young kids learn super fast, so it is a good way to improve your teaching skills as you can quickly see the results when you are doing things effectively and you will notice the kids losing interest and misbehaving when you are not teaching effectively.
There are lots of little tricks and ideas that you learn as you teach these little language sponges, but why take years learning them? A new eBook is out over at TEFL eBooks that is focused specifically on young learners.
TEFL Boot Camp offers a TEFL certification for young learners that is based on this eBook. You can learn all the tricks, the favorite songs, games that kids respond to, how to deal with behavior problems, how to keep kids interested, how to deal with problem parents – and much much more.
Even when I was first teaching at university, I ended up tutoring young kids to supplement my income and I wish I had known at first all the things this ebook helps with. The author is now teaching university in Korea – but has an MA in TEFL and loads of experience under her belt. She also has the female touch that a lot of us “guy” teachers need when it comes to kids.
TED’s Tips™ #1: Kids are a joy to teach when you have a few tricks up your sleeve to keep them engaged and happy. They can be h*ll to teach when you don’t!
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