Joined: 09 Sep 2013
|Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:33 am Post subject: New Teacher at New School, first time abroad; any advice?
Long time reader, first time poster.
After years of trying to find the time to do it, I finally did my CELTA this year (I previously had a TEFL) as I've moved to Spain (it's been my plan for years to come here to teach ESOL).
In the UK, I taught mostly Spanish with some ESOL, and I followed a fairly set methodology as taught in the CELTA and other courses.
However, in my new school, they have a different theory wherein they want me to teach all the grammar upfront. Has anyone come across that before? It does seem to be fairly common here in Spain that students are asked to do the reading and writing, and grammar activities at home so classes can be focused on speaking more. Does anyone have any advice?
Classes are very mixed, with an A2 course that's just finishing having a complete beginner as well as people with several years' English. The Advanced course has a virtually native speaker and someone who struggles with upper-intermediate. Again, any advice? Please?!
I'm also a bit stuck with resources. They want to follow a core book (but don't know which ones), but the problem is that several students will be continuing and will have finished their book (the PET course uses Complete PET for example), whereas other students will be new. The tutor who I've taken over from suggests a new, higher level book, but surely that will be too high a level for the new students?
Finally, I'm also to teach younger kids for the first time (except in family groups), and I would love some advice about where to start with them too, but I'll post that in the kid's section.
Thanks for reading; any advice greatly appreciated!