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When teaching ESL in China you will be inundated with job offers. Your contracted work, usually a training center, university or public school, is your bread and butter, providing consistent checks, housing and visa assistance to keep you legal. You will be hunted after, especially in smaller cities outside of Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, etc. Not a week goes by that I am not approached on the bus, in the street or through a friend of a friend for more job offers. These jobs will often come in the form of ESL private tutoring. I have worked with children as young as four to university students
When we learn a second language, one of the first things we must get used to is the syntax - that is, the rules that govern the sentence structure - of that language. As we think or speak in our own language, we put the words in a certain order, depending on the thought expressed, and the words we use to express it.
Academics in the UK have warned about the decrease in number of students learning a second language in schools. Despite the warnings, the rate of enrollment for foreign languages in GCSEs continues to drop. Experts said this decline in foreign language learning has something to do with the British attitude to languages.
The lower performing ESL student needs two important things to reach success - a good solid reading program and lots of opportunities for positive reinforcement. Making a remedial reading class work is just like any other class, only the rate of success is sometimes too often slower and not always easily felt amongst the ESL teacher.
English teachers should cultivate student curiosity and nudge them to become autotelic - or self-directed. The author, an English professor in Los Angeles, suggests a few simple techniques that gently push students to take more responsibility for their own development as English language learners.
Learning a language is a complex and long process as anyone who has tried will agree. One of the most difficult and frustrating things is making the transition from the classroom to the 'real' world. In the classroom, everyone knows you are a student and mistakes are allowed, and the environment is contained and safe.