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How to teach English to German students

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Learning how to teach English to German students may be easier than you think. German students usually begin studying English in the preschool years. Therefore, most of the students you work with will have a basic foundation or at least some knowledge of the English language.

Conversation Skills. When you first begin teaching English to German students consider focusing on speaking and listening skills or basic oral communication which seems to present the biggest challenge for English language learners (ELL) or ESL students. Use lessons which include listening and repeating words and phrases along with picture illustrations for visual learners. Have the students listen to music and watch video clips of appropriate English materials to facilitate listening skills. Use short dramatic role-play activities to provide both speaking and listening practice. If computers are available, make use of free online English lesson from sites such as YouTube as necessary.

Reading and Writing. German students are likely to have basic reading and writing skills in English. However, there is no harm in reviewing the alphabet and letter sounds and having the students practice short writing exercises. Make use of age-appropriate phonics based books to support and further develop reading skills. Give the students ample time to read aloud in class.

Survival Communication. When you first begin teaching English to German students it is essential to establish immediate basic communication skills for the classroom. Try using bilingual, German – English handouts that express common needs or concerns such as I need to use the bathroom (Ich brauche, um die Toilette zu benutzen) or I need a pencil (Ich brauche einen Bleistift). Bilingual dictionaries are also invaluable in helping students communicate with you quickly.

Teaching English to German students is both rewarding and challenging. Remember to have fun and help your students enjoy the process of learning.

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