How to Teach a Language/Consider Your Audience
Because English is different from many languages, we have another chapter devoted specifically to teaching English. For the purpose of this article, we will assume that you are teaching your students Spanish, which as the reader is on the English Wikibooks, we assume is the language you're most likely to know.
Where are you?[edit | edit source]
It makes a big difference whether you're in a country that speak your language or a country that doesn't. There's also a difference between being in a country that speaks the students' language, and a country that speaks neither their language, nor the language you're teaching (Spanish), but that's less important.
In your country[edit | edit source]
You will also have to teach some idioms, mi media-niranja (my half orange, my love).
In another country[edit | edit source]
In another country, you have more of a chance to focus on grammar. Trying building lessons around a grammatical point, but choose a context (for example a deli), and integrate vocabulary in every class except reviews. (Review classes should be rare.)
Who are your students?[edit | edit source]
- How many do you have?
- How old are they?
- What level are they?
Why are you here?[edit | edit source]
It matters why your students want to learn another language. If they want to travel to a foreign country, it's quite a different matter than if they plan to engage in business or espionage.