About Teaching English as a Second Language

About Teaching English as a Second Language

Teaching ESL with Patience – English as a Second Language

Teaching ESL English as a second language – Have Patience !!

Teaching ESL English with Patience
What is one of the most important qualities of a good ESL English teacher ?
I think “patience” is one of ..or the most important qualities of a “good” ESL (English as a second language) teacher. We need to have the patience to wait for our students and give them time to think of the answers to questions or responses. They will be trying to process the english language into their own language and to translate and think of the correct response. This takes time at all levels and especially at ESL English basic levels. We also have to be conscious of how long to wait before helping them answer.

WE Need Patience to teach ESL English – English as a second language)
It’s definitely a balancing act and we have to know when to “jump in” and help them. If we wait to long the student will freeze mentally and lose confidence ..they will also become very frustrated. They key is to KNOW when to help and how long to wait for them to respond. A little tricky but definitely a necessary requirement for a good ESL English as a second language teacher. Patience .. how long do we wait ?

ESL Teaching – Having No patience –
I have taken Spanish classes so i know the feeling of trying to learn a new language. It’s difficult !! My Spanish teachers did not give me sufficient time to think of my responses so i was always telling them to “wait” .. this happened on a regular basis with each different teacher. Definitely Not a good quality in an ESL English as a second language ..or any other teacher.

I hope this explanation about being a good ESL Teacher helps. (English as a second language)

Airline Plane Crew Member – is mean to a child.

Aviation English – ESL English for Pilots

Flight Attendant forces child to urinate in her seat (Aviation English)

A grumpy airline flight attendant demonstrated her lack of parenting skills when she forced a child to urinate in her seat.
Jennifer Deveraux was travelling with her two daughters when the exceptional flight crew service occurred on a JetBlue flight. Flight 518 was delayed on the tarmac at John F. Kennedy International Airport in N.Y. on Monday, waiting to fly to Boston, CBS Boston reports.
One of Deveraux’s daughters, Summers, needed to use the bathroom, and began to cry. When her mother tried to help her to the bathroom, a flight attendant refused to let them stand up, forcing the child to urinate on herself and the seat.
Deveraux attempted to stand up again to clean up the mess, and the flight crew attendant yelled at her a second time. “And I said, ‘please give me a break. My daughter had an accident because you wouldn’t let me take her to the bathroom. After I clean it up I will sit down.’ She turned around and reported it to the pilot,” Deveraux said.
The aircraft pilot then turned the plane around and took it back to the gate, announcing over the intercom that there was a non-compliant passenger on board, and they would be brought to security.
Thankfully, an off-duty pilot sitting two seats in front of Deveraux realized how ridiculous the situation was and convinced the crew to let her stay. (airline flight crew member needs to chill)

Teaching ESL Corrections with a Smile

Teaching ESL Students

Teaching ESL Corrections With a Smile

When teaching ESL, (English as a second language), and especially when teaching ESL English Grammar, it is very important to correct students in a positive way. It is important to correct, you definitely need to correct, but you, as the teacher, must also be correct and be positive in the method you use.

Try never to use the “no” word or “your wrong”, there are other more positive ways to correct. You need to encourage your students to speak – that’s why they want to learn Englsih, so they can speak!! … but if you, as the teacher, are critical and you use “no, your wrong”, it sends the wrong message to them and they can lose confidence and retreat into a shell that will deny them the opportunity to learn. No student wants to be told “your wrong”, and the best teachers are ones that can correct in a positive manner, correct with a smile and a positive attitude, so that student takes it as “help” and not as criticism. Then they will retain the confidence they have and feel ok about you correcting them as a help, not a criticism.

Always be positive …and correct with a smile !! Never a frown or a look of frustration. Difficult at times I know .. but remember your a “teacher” not a boss. Be patient and smile.. and your students will respond accordingly

Florida Could Shift Alliances for English-Language-Proficiency Standards, Tests

Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart is recommending that Florida join a 35-state consortium known as World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment.

About Robbie Hopcraft


Hello, a little about myself… I am a USA Born native speaker and am teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and living in the beautiful and dynamic country of Panama. I am TEFL Certified and teach all levels of English (ESL) to Spanish speaking students from many different countries. I teach students that have never had an English class to students that are Business Professionals and University Graduates who want to keep improving their English skills. I find it very interesting, nd both fun and challenging to be able to HELP students learn and be able to begin to speak…and learn good English. Many International companies have their Latin America headquarters located in Panama and the employees must interact globally with other companies and the chosen (more…)

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