Have you been given the responsibility of teaching English to students from Thailand and you have no idea where to start? Come to think of it, every language will be difficult to learn, and English is no different. However, you can make the process easier for students. No one said that teaching English in Thailand will be easy but if you focus on the fluency of the language, you can make a lot of progress quickly. The main objective should be on how the students learn to speak first. No foreign student will be a grammar Nazi after learning English. They will be more than happy to communicate in the language with everyone. So, here’s what you can do.
Watching English movies with subtitles can be one of the best ways to make sure that students learn to grab the intricacies of the language quickly. This has been a tried and tested method by numerous experts and they highly recommend it to other English teachers. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a movie. Any speech in English that is loud and clear and has the proper pronunciation of the words will do. But, remember to add subtitles so that students can understand what is being said. The audio-visual medium is much more effective than classroom teaching for many students.
Make them learn a song
Learning a song is quite easy in any language. You need not force the students to learn the entire song. Just a paragraph or two will do. Since songs have a definite rhythm, it becomes easier to memorize the words. That is the same reason why you learn the lyrics of a song quickly. The same technique is followed in the case of students who want to learn English. If they can learn a paragraph of the song and say the exact words, it will become easier to learn other words too. Make sure that the lyrics do not have too many complicated words. You can start by selecting poems that are taught to children when they are toddlers.
Make the students speak and correct them instantly
Students will be shy when they are speaking a new language. As their teacher, you should encourage them to speak whatever they want in English. Yes, they will make mistakes and you need to be there to point out what these mistakes are. You may ask them to repeat a couple of lines that you just said and add a couple of more lines from their own.
A nice way to get things started is by an introductory session. After you are done with the audio-visual learning and the song learning part, you can ask your students to prepare an introductory speech about themselves. It can be a simple one starting with their name, where they come from, what they do, and so on. The more they speak, the more they will get the confidence to improve the language. These little steps will eventually lead them to master English.