I will start by assessing the students’ level of English, and tailor the lessons to suit their level. Preparation is of course important for any teaching session, and I will create a set of lesson plans appropriate for the classes.
I will always try to make the classes as enjoyable as possible, by taking a relaxed, informal approach. At the same time I will try to create an environment in which the students are encouraged to undertake the tasks I give them to the best of their ability.
I use a wide range of resources and activities, to keep the lessons as varied and stimulating as possible, with a view to strengthening their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
I frequently use role play involving pair work and activities in small groups. This sometimes involves a written task followed by speaking. Successful work of this kind depends on doing the groundwork as thoroughly as possible, so for example I will introduce new lexis and go over any difficult points beforehand.
I will often introduce a topic or grammar point on the board, using questions to elicit answers from the students to try to get an idea of their pre-existing knowledge, before introducing activities to develop their skills.
I use a wide variety of games in the classes, always with language development as the goal. Sometimes these involve “extra-linguistic” activities such as drawing and miming, or they may be lexical games or quizzes.
The Italian film director Federico Fellini once said: “A different language is a different vision of life.” My main hope is always that students return to their country with an improved knowledge of English language and lifestyle.