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Top Correctable Problems in Teaching ESL

1. Lessons with too much teacher talk;

2. Very little preparation time with not a lesson plan in sight;

 

3. Lack of communicative activities and games for adequate practice;

 

4. Teaching more than 8-12 new vocabulary words per class time;

 

5. Lack of guided practice after the new material has been introduced;

 

6. New material introduced without enough visuals to give students understanding;

 

7. Little or no reading and writing practice;

 

8. Guided practice that is so slow a moving a turtle would pass it by;

 

9. A poor placement tool so that students are placed in classes too hard or too easy;

 

10. Placing students in a class according to there level of understanding, not speaking ability;

 

11. Teaching material that is not relevant to the students needs;

 

12. Lack of teacher interest in the students themselves;

 

13. Lack of some accountability;

 

14. And teachers being too pushy in evangelism.