CHARACTER ANALYSIS – the key to developing great ESL teaching skills

The FUTURE of Learning


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Sooner or later the students in your class will tell you who they are (and I am not talking about their name and where they are from, I am talking about who they are as people).

The experience we have had in the adult ESL classroom is that students show themselves over a period of 4 weeks in this way:

  1. Basic information

The first thing students of course will want you to know about them is what their name is (and the correct pronunciation!) and where they are from and perhaps even a little about their country. This is easy to extract from them.

  1. Attitude to learning in class

Next comes the idea of how they fit into the learning process. It can come down to what their motivation is to learn English, this could mean that they only need it for their university, or travel…

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