English

Helping you learn

A new student recently asked me if I could describe my teaching methods and it is a good question, so I'll have a go.

I try to encourage and guide my students to become better learners and I do this by asking "what do you notice?", "what do you notice about this word?", "what do you notice about this structure?", "what do you notice about this sentence?".

Lost in Translation

Translation is fraught with dangers. Most English teachers in Spain are highly reliant upon translation in the classroom; often classes are a Spanish learning opportunity. There is a significant advantage to not using translation at all in the classroom and once you move to Asia and the Acia-Pacific region translation is not an option since most classes are multi-lingual. Avoiding translation increases the students exposure to specific chunks of language and improves the teacher and the students' communicative strategies.

It also avoids pitfalls you may never anticipate.

Ten tips to choose a good English academy

Rather than utilise one of the learning options available at el professor ingles you may prefer to enrol at a private academy and be part of a class. In Spain there are a lot of private academies and like all markets, the products and services on offer vary significantly. Enrolling on a course is an investment in time and money and like all investments, choose wisely.

So, how do you choose?

Here are some things you should consider and questions you should ask before enrolling.