Archive for July, 2011

A new role in ESL teaching

I’m quite excited really as I begin a new position teaching ESL in a Queensland high school. Although my background is in teaching English and Literature in Singapore for more than 20 years before moving to the Gold Coast, the standard of Singapore students’ competency in the language was really quite high compared to many immigrant students here who are really learning English as a foreign language. Now I will be teaching a small group of students with less than a year of exposure to the language – quite a different experience! I will meet up with these students next week, and only then will I get a gauge of their starting point and how I might strategise moving them forward. In the meantime I have been trawling the internet for ESL sites and materials – especially since this English trained teacher will have to teach maths and science too. What a change from teaching graduating classes for the highly competitive cambridge exams in Singapore!

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