5 Ways to Make Your English Language Lessons More Teen-friendly

by Amy Harris

5 Ways to Make Your English Language Lessons More Teen-friendly

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Teaching teenagers can be a challenge, however they will be only too aware that learning the English language is the gateway to many opportunities for them in the future and they should therefore be keen to engage.

Keeping the average teenager stimulated and interested is not an easy task at any time, so getting your subject matter right and researching your options is essential.  The following will hopefully give you some useful ideas that you can use or adapt to suit your own methods of teaching.

1. Subject Matter

What do teenagers like to read about?  Thinking like a teenager will most definitely set you on the right track.  Starting lessons with simple, but popular subject matter will ensure that you are thought of as a likeable and down to earth kind of tutor, exactly the type of tutor teenagers are more likely to engage with.  Think along the lines of movies, celebrities, sports, relationships, fashion and television and you are on the right track.  You can up your game to the more important things later.

2. Future Career Choices

Discuss career choices with your students.  This will undoubtedly be tricky as you will be dealing with a lot of students who want to take up a lot of different careers, so keep it general.  Perhaps suggest good career options they can take up if they choose to work in their own country and have a good grasp of the English language. Also suggest some great jobs within the UK that may be of interest to them.  Use example type careers, e.g. policeman, nurse, shop assistant, etc.

3. Trips

Wherever in the UK you are tutoring, there will no doubt be various outdoor places of interest nearby that you can take your students.  This type of learning is incredibly popular, as students get to see, identify and discuss things first hand.  Depending on your location, you may be able to find some beautiful countryside, lakes, hills or villages nearby, or if you are based within a city, there should be some great parks and landmarks nearby.

4. Educational Visits

Museums, art galleries, scientific centres, etc. will be an invaluable treat for your students.  Most of these places should be able to provide extremely cheap (or sometimes free) rates for groups of foreign students, so if you have a little funding available, this is a great learning experience for them and something they will remember forever.

5. Back to the Classroom

Trips and treats are wonderful and will naturally motivate your students in their learning; however this can’t be an everyday occurrence.  This is where a little research and some good advice will help you greatly.

English literature is among the best in the world, and so finding a wonderful piece of writing that is interesting, current, stimulating, educational and exciting shouldn’t be too difficult.  Find out what kind of books the modern colleges and universities are reading, at the same time bearing in mind that English is not the first language of these students.  Speaking to the right educational authorities should give you many great options for these students.

About The Author:
Amy Harris writes for Law Training – which helps British and international students find the right legal courses in the UK. She is an American expat who enjoys helping people with their education and career search.

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