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Tips for teaching TEFL to Children


Teaching TEFL to Children

The goal should be to introduce the phonics of the alphabet, teach basic phrases such as greetings and introductions, and primary skills such as counting, determining colors and a basic vocabulary to build conversational skills from.

  • Appreciate learning differences. Incorporate instructional elements that will meet the needs of the different ways children learn: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (by touch).
  • Remember that there are three sounds associated with every letter that a student should learn to distinguish: the pronunciation of the name of the letter symbol, the phonic sound of the letter, and a word that begins with that sound.
  • Worksheets are a teacher’s friend. Students enjoy them and they are a means of gauging progress or revealing weakness.
  • Have extra coloring pencils or crayons at all times.
  • Play lots of games and sing lots of songs that reinforce the language skills children are learning.
  • Employ visual aids such as posters.
  • It is never too early to expect students to string together three letters to form a word as they practice their phonics and letter recognition.
  • Transition quickly into teaching letter clusters such as ch, sh, the, ee, etc.
  • Have students keep their worksheets in a ringed binder so that it is easy to see their progress.
  • End each class with a brief review.