The Top 5 Mistakes that New ESL/EFL Teachers Make

Last Saturday, I spent half a day with 8 energetic and passionate TESL trainees assessing their teaching skills.  Each TESL student was required to teach a mini-lesson which included a grammar point.

As as TESL trainer, I have assessed many teachers-in-training but I was very impressed with the attention to detail, the creative handouts and interactive activities demonstrated by this group.  However one of the things that I have noticed consistently over the years are 5 mistakes that almost all new teachers or teacher trainees make.  Although these mistakes might seem trivial, I believe that if they are avoided or eliminated, teachers can be more effective and therefore significantly contribute to their students’ learning.

Mistake 1 – Check Understanding

This does not mean saying to students “Everyone knows what they are doing now, right?” but more specifically it means checking the instructions that you just gave by saying “Who can tell...

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