Teaching English is easy… but only if you know how.
Teaching English is like pulling the pin from a grenade. Once you pull the pin what do you do? Pitch it like a baseball? Pass it like a basket ball? Hurl it like an Olympic shot put? Lob it like a tennis ball? Fling it like a stone? Teaching English just isn’t as simple as it may look. Throwing a grenade requires a special technique. Likewise, teaching English is to foreigners is teaching a foreign language and that requires special training.
“I’ve gone from dread to excitement.”
Daniel’s experience is typical. He teaches Nepali to 40 students in a community center in Australia. Before taking Oxbow’s TESOL course he spent one and a half hours preparing for each one and a half hour class. The very first class after his Oxbow certification, he spent only 30 minutes in preparation. That time is reduced every week as he gets more comfortable with the methods.
He made this statement, “Look at these folks! Last week it was like a funeral in here. Now everyone is excited! They want to learn!” In regard to teaching the class he said, “I’ve gone from dread to excitement. Before, I dreaded getting ready for this class. Now I’m not.”
Her eyes lit up like giant light bulbs and she smiled.
She understood him perfectly.
An Oxbow instructor was there to see all this unfold and he took part in the class. In less than three minutes he learned the phrase Ma Napali vasa sikdai chu (I am studying the Nepali language.) Later that week he met a Nepali women and introduced himself by using his Nepali. Her eyes lit up like giant light bulbs and she smiled. She understood him perfectly.
Knowing how to speak a language
and knowing how to teach it
are two different things.
Oxbow’s techniques work. They are based on cognitive psychology, kinesthetics, whole-brain multisensory methods. They work. Let us teach you how to teach.