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Teaching a New Language Properly

Learning another language may seem intimidating. However, most people in the world can speak two to three languages easily. It all comes down to how the teaching process is done. This is where you come in.

As a teacher, it’s your job to give your students a learning experience that will make them learn a language faster. Here are some tips on how to do that:

Aim for Maximum Exposure

One of the main things that you should be aiming for is to expose your students to the language as much as possible. Try to mix it into the lessons. Besides teaching your students words and showing how the grammar works, you should also be exposing them to songs, news reports, and even short cartoons. It is different to see a language in action than just learning about it.

Have them sing songs in the target language and even play games on it. Exposure and immersion in the language allow people to see it in action so that they have a better handle on how to use it.

Not Just the Words

People forget that languages don’t exist in a vacuum. You need to teach the culture behind the language. To understand a language, you need to know the culture behind it. This is mostly because some words are unique to a language. For example, a lot of Spanish books for teachers have a cultural primer for the various Spanish-speaking parts of the world. The Spanish of the Old World is a lot different from the Spanish found in the colonies. They emphasize the differences in pronunciation and some meanings.

Practice Makes Perfect

Keep your students practicing. There are dozens of ways to encourage practicing the language that you are teaching. For one, you can have your students do some role-playing. Have one pretend to be a shopkeeper and the other a customer and have them do a simple skit on buying something. The key thing to remember about practice is that it allows your students to actually speak the language instead of just listening to it and reading it. This is a big boost in their use of the language.

Rewards are Important

Many students need a bit of encouragement when it comes to learning a new language. Though some teachers might think the thrill of learning something new is enough, it’s better to reward them something for what they have achieved. This can range from small treats or bonuses in a lesson. For example, high performers might win a free lunch or something similar. Rewards can ensure your student’s interest and increased participation.

Go Outside the Classroom

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Don’t limit yourself to the classroom. Have trips to somewhere you can practice and expose the language to your students. For example, a local film festival might have a movie in the language you are teaching. Make it an event to see it so that your students may see the language in action.

Your students will appreciate being able to learn a new language properly. The tips above should help you in teaching them so that they would be able to absorb the knowledge that they need. With your help, they should be speaking fluently in no time.