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Ways to teach a new language to beginners

Updated on February 1, 2016

Teaching a new language is a task that should be handled with care, interest and creativity. First and foremost teaching a new language must be fun and creative for students. The class should enjoy the learning experience.

Make the learning experience fun. The students should look forward to the class and enjoy the session.

The first few topics that we teach in a new language are greetings, simple question and answers, days of the week, numbers, how to get directions, find out whereabouts etc. These are the basics you will need to know in any language.

Lesson plans and activities in the classroom

Make a lesson plan. Decide the topic which you are going to teach. Prepare slides with creative images, along with explanations. Use funny images, stick cartoons anything to make the slide fun to look at. You can make PPT’s as interesting as possible.

When teaching a new word, ask them to repeat the word. Do not insist they get the pronunciation correctly for the first time. Encourage them to say the word out aloud, without any inhibitions. The trick is to make them try.

Select video clips with simple conversations. You can choose topics like, a day in school, a day at the mall, a birthday party etc. When they watch the clips they will be able to remember very easily.

Choose topics with day to day activities. This way the students will be able to pick up many words and also understand where and when to use them.

Read out a short passage with 4 to 5 lines. Ask them to just listen. Explain the meaning. Then ask relevant questions pertaining to the passage. This way they will understand the sentence structure.

At the end of the session give them homework assignment. The assignments should not be tough. It must be simple one word answers or multiple choice questions. Make it a point to correct along with the students. This way they will get to know the mistakes and ask if they have any doubts.

Exercises to practice the new language

After the first few sessions group the class in pairs. Give them a question and answer activity. Make a sheet with questions. Leave blanks to write the answers. Give a print out of the question sheet to both partners. Ask them to find the answers and write them down.

For example questions like –

  • What is your name?
  • Do you like going to the park?
  • Do you go to exercise every day?
  • Do you drink tea or coffee in the morning?
  • Do you get up early?

Ask them to use the phrases that they have learned in class to find the answers. This way they will be able to communicate in the new language.

Involve games wherever possible. You can play “Passing the Parcel”.

The aim will be when the music stops the person with the parcel should say a word learned in class. The word should be a word which has not been said by the rest of the class. Make sure everyone gets a turn. At the end of the session each one can be given a chocolate, to make the learning experience very sweet.

You can also read short stories when you think the class will be able to understand.

There are so many ways to teach, you can get as creative as possible in teaching new languages.


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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Vellur, than you for your favorable comments.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 thank you for your appreciation and votes. Yes, Teaching is a passion. Your comment made me smile. Thankyou for your continuous support and encouragement.

      Paul Kuehn dicating sentences is a very good idea. Thank you for reading and leaving a valuable comment. Thanks for sharing too.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      This is a useful hub on how to teach a new language to beginners. You are absolutely correct! Learning the language must be fun, especially if you have younger students. Colorful pictures and slides are necessary when teaching vocabulary. I like your idea of pairing the students and giving them question and answer cards. Besides reading a short passage to students and making sure they understand it, I would dictate words and sentences to the students and see how well they can write down correctly what you say. By doing this, you will not only be checking their listening comprehension, but also their knowledge of grammar and sentence structure. I am sharing this with my followers.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This reminds me my passion for teaching students, I miss those early Spanish classes. Your advice and suggestions will make any teacher a star performer. Voted up!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Thank you for your appreciation and votes.Being a language teacher is a wonderful experience.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Great ideas, teach. ;) I'm a language teacher myself, so I know about the whole "repetition" factor. :D Voted up and interesting.