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Learning ModelsChildren are accustomed to listening to their parents and teachers patiently repeating after them. That makes teaching process easier with young learners and so that this method of repeating and paying attention to pronunciation can be used in a classroom. In addition to that young learners are very often easier to respect and follow their educators. So that with an appropriate approach the teacher can use all these features for education. While learning young learners some things have to be taken into account. For instance the teacher has to speak slower and with clear pronunciation, use a higher pitch and exaggerated intonation, a lot of repetitions. It is also useful to refer to the young learners and their current activities at the time of speaking. Positive responses to the young learners? utterance irrespective of pronunciation detail help engage and motivate learners. Patient repetitions and positive encouragement with frequent praise develop a sense of self-esteem and make the leaner be less self-conscious about potential mistakes. This is an essential part of the language growth process. Another positive feature which the teacher can use it is the fact that children are curious by nature. The experience teacher is aware of this curiosity and attracts attention of the learners in the classroom. But young learners have shorter span of attention or concentration than that of an adult and they get bored easily while doing the same things for too long. So that we have to bear in mind that young learners need frequent changes of activities, which is exciting and fun to stimulate their curiosity. Children will also seek teacher approval. It is important for them that the teacher notices them and shows signs of appreciation for what they are doing. The teacher?s role is of primary importance here, because the children will look to the teacher for guidance and it is unlikely that they will have any motivational considerations outside of that provided by the teacher and the teacher?s role is very important here. The teacher has to relate activities to the young learners? own interests. So basically the teacher should keep it fun, varied and at a good pace. The classroom environment should be a pleasant and welcoming place. It can include some educational items like maps and pictures with some grammar rules and other suitable illustrations to attract attention of young learners. Most of these comments are also true for adults. During the classes the teacher should always use English as the language of instruction and should not cheat by using the learners? native language. It is quite useful to use mime and gestures as well as some illustrations and pictures sometimes. young learners like to draw and colour. So it is important to have always pencils and paper. Playing roles and playing games should be used for young learners studying, too. Positive mood and smiles are very important for young students. young learners, by definition, have high energy level and it is inevitable that from time to time the teacher has to deal with some discipline problems. In this case several issues have to be taken into account. Some problems can come outside of the classroom and be referred to family or other external problem. But some of the problems in behaviour can be connected with seeking attention, peer pressure or boredom and they have to be disciplined and corrected by the teacher and the lesson plan. The teacher should be friendly and fair with all learners. With adults the teacher can face some difference in education. They are usually more motivated and know their purposes better. A growing amount of English teaching world-wide is to business people. Though they are much more motivated and realize their needs and targets business learners are usually busy and can be tired at their classes. Teaching adults can involve an increasing amount of English for Specific Purposes (ESP), for example teaching financial English to staff in banks or teaching language of law to lawyers. However, while these specific areas are still developing it is likely that teaching general English to professional people or teaching business content will be very important part of education. Teaching can take place in number of ways like one-to-one, in-company group and in-school group. All of these students can study intensively or over a long period of time. Their ages can vary. The younger learners can learn faster and be more prepared to education. Diversity of levels within a group can be another problem here. In such cases we have to challenge the stronger learners so they don?t get bored and at the same time try not to lose the weaker one. In the same company it has to be taken into account to be careful in order to avoid make people look foolish in front of their colleagues. In one-to-one case it is very important to teach in tailored and concentrated on the client?s needs. For all professional people it is very important to figure out their needs and provide them with their needs analysis. They usually know what they need but they can be sent to learn English by their employer or company. In this case they can be less motivated and it is very important to take into account the client?s needs.

 

 

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