Nic Cage School of English Teaching
Ever had an English teaching experience reminiscent of this scene from the Nicolas Cage movie “Lord of War?” Stubborn students can make an hour-long language class seem to drag on for hours. If you’re a foreign language teacher, learning to cope with a stubborn student is just one of the skills you’ll have to master if you want to be a successful language teacher. So if you need some tips for teaching English as a foreign language, just turn to Nick Cage.
So what can you learn from Nic Cage’s English teaching methods?
When you have a warlord for a student you have to be patient otherwise they might shoot you. The equivalent in the teacher world is being fired – and you certainly don’t want that. Be patient with your student! Often times they’re being forced to take In-Company language classes by their employer – and they’re not too keen about it.
So how to make them interested? Design your language classes with their interests in mind.
2. Engaging subject matter
Andre Baptiste likes guns. What do your students like? A good foreign language teacher tailors each class to the individual student – that’s why they’re paying for private 1-to-1 classes. Don’t create cookie-cutter classes – find out what your students interests are and build their language classes around that. Many websites like Using English and Dave’s ESL Cafe offer resources for teachers, including templates, worksheets; however we suggest spending your first class getting to know what topics engage your students.
3. Don’t be a bully
Of course you’re supposed to correct your students mistakes – but it’s also important to let them feel comfortable making them. By focusing on communication and not perfection, your students will stop worrying about making mistakes. A great way to do this is to send them out into the “real world” by introducing them to native speakers.
Once students begin using English in a real context they will begin to see firsthand the value of being able to communicate with someone other than you! They will see that their English classes are paying off, so they will want more of them; they practice with native speakers and then return to class to fine-tune language skills.
Where do you send your students to find English speakers to practice with? In Buenos Aires, the best place to look for native speaker English-Spanglish conversations is at Spanglish Exchange. Spanglish events, hosted at hip venues in the city complement classroom learning. We pair locals and travelers in series of conversations half in English and half in Spanish. This
is a fun and low-pressure way for your foreign language students to improve their listening comprehension and speaking skills practicing with native speakers.
Tell your students about Spanglish Exchange and come check it out yourself to make new friends and chat it up in English or Spanish with people from all over the globe!