I am currently stationed in Afghanistan and I am embarking on a project to teach Afghan soldiers we work with English. I have no prior experience teaching ESL but I am proficient enough in Pashto to converse and teach them subjects in their native language. I would be very grateful on any advice on any of these questions regarding teaching ESL:
- What is the best order of English lessons to maximize comprehension? Like teaching future tense before past tense or vice versa.
- How much English should I use when teaching? I could teach mostly in pashto, but I was wondering if that would hamper their English learning experience.
- I have them for about five months, but due to the nature of our work, I won't be able to hold classes everyday. So I probably only have 2-3 months of actual teaching time. How much could I expect them to learn in that amount of time?
Those are all the pressing questions I have at the moment, but I'll be sure to add more if I have any more problems along the way. Thanks again.
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