Shelley wrote:Hi there,
It's a lot of work for a teacher to take various levels simultaneously so it's better to group students in terms of level rather than in terms of age.
To maintain high quality teaching keep the classes small.
Some people swear by total immersion - i.e. no native language whatsoever in the class. If the students are already at an intermediate level I would stick to English for everything. Use of the native language can be useful when teaching beginners, to save time with an explanation.
Whether you focus more on speaking or on written work depends on what your students are learning English for. Some will really want to work on speaking skills while for others they may never need to speak, but be learning English so they can understand documents and books - such as researchers.
For general English students it's best to focus on speaking and listening in class because reading and writing can be done for homework.
Resources: Textbooks are handy as they give you a curriculum to follow but you always want to teach them with classroom activities and games, and refer to the textbook to consolidate, after you have taught and practised the main language for that unit.
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