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What is the role of an assistant?
Different roles
Initial contacts
What to ask schools and teachers before and/or on arrival
Establishing a working relationship with teachers
Planning your work with teachers
The observation period
An observation checklist
The school culture
Teaching approaches
Learning approaches
Establishing a rapport with your students
Classroom management (groups and large classes)
Dealing with large classes of mixed ability
Setting up a pair work system
Finishing off
Discipline problems and solutions
Factors influencing learner motivation
Using English in the classroom
Types of learner error
When and how to correct errors
Feedback on errors
Clarification techniques to use during feedback
What do speaking skills involve?
How to prepare students for real communication in English
Controlled speaking activities
Board or picture prompts for dialogue practice
Information gap
Activities for controlled practice at all levels
Types of fluency practice
Role play: fluency tasks
Working with the class teacher
Texts for discussion: teen magazine example
Techniques for preparing the text and topic
Types of discussion task based on a text
Classroom management and feedback
Resources for texts
The best texts for generating conversation
What does speech work involve?
Getting the mechanics right – pronunciation practice
Ear training
Making repetition fun
Raps, chants and songs for repetition
The stress system: weak forms and the schwa / /
Awareness activities for the stress system
Linkage of sounds
Integrating speech work with class work
Working well with teachers
Reading aloud and oral exam practice
The assistant as visual aid
The blackboard/whiteboard
Blackboard drawings
The overhead projector or personal computer projector
Posters and flipcharts
Pictures, photos and postcards
Mind maps
Listening skills
From listening to speaking
Getting the listening level right
Authentic listening versus graded listening
Preparing for listening
Adapting listening up or down a level
Using songs
Using video
Role play from cartoons, dialogues and video clips
Games in the language classroom
Management of games
Types of games
The assistant as cultural resource
What is culture?
What types of material can be used to introduce a cultural topic?
What is cultural competence?
Techniques for developing competence
The needs of language students
The role of the students’ culture
Teaching a lesson with cultural content
Suitable topics for different learners
Using contrasting genres
The impact of the Internet on Cultural Studies
Projects and student research
Using authentic sources of text
Types of reading – intensive or extensive?
Literary extracts
Poems suitable for conversation classes and creative writing
Newspapers and magazines
Exploit all visual material
Dealing with vocabulary
Before leaving the UK
Using local resources in your host country
Visual aids
Finding texts for speaking and writing practice
Cultural Studies resources
Web sites for teachers and learners of EFL
Educational networks for secondary and primary schools
Published resources
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Language Assistant Manual

Language Assistant Manual

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Published by: Zied Ben Amor on May 24, 2011
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