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I Speak Too Fast When I Teach; How to Fix?

 
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bj80



Joined: 31 Mar 2017
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:58 pm    Post subject: I Speak Too Fast When I Teach; How to Fix? Reply with quote

Hi Everyone,

I have taught ESL for years.

1. My problem is that I speak way too fast, and too choppy, when I teach. It becomes way too intense.

Any tactics I can do to fix that?

2. As an analogy, my handwriting is also terrible. But, there are YouTube videos that teach how to get better, and have improved some.

Any videos, etc. someone can recommend on how to speaker clearer, not go on tangents, etc.?
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Study a second language. Experience of being a learners works wonders.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spiral is right
I am always surprised that so many of those teaching EFL have never themslves learnt, studied or acquired a second language. I would make it mandatory for professional EFLers. Not necessarily a language spoken by the students. Just any foreign language.
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twowheel



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scot47 wrote:
Spiral is right
I am always surprised that so many of those teaching EFL have never themslves learnt, studied or acquired a second language. I would make it mandatory for professional EFLers. Not necessarily a language spoken by the students. Just any foreign language.


Seconded.

Warm regards,
twowheel
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rioux



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't agree. I don't think it ought to be a requirement. I know plenty of people (myself included) that can't speak a foreign language and do ok teaching English overseas.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, you have a vested interest in saying that !
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rioux



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I speak for the great silent majority. Cool
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RunItTwice



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't think it should necessarily be a requirement, but it does allow you to empathize with students who are learning a second language. That motivated me to adjust my accent as I had a thick Brooklyn accent when I first started teaching.
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