Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Annotated Working Draft of Final Project and Hot Spots in ESL Teaching

Component Assignments

This post explains how ESL teachers use communication in their teaching to student who usually want to learn English, as opposed to those who do not. Teachers have to adjust their teaching based on the students' speaking, comprehension, and interests.

In this post, I gave the example of a teacher telling a story of person learning and using the phrase “the apple does no fall far from the tree” to lower and higher-level English speakers. This story also illustrates the correct use of the term, giving an example of how ESL teachers teach certain phrases.

This post outlines how ESL teaching first began back in Great Britain in the 15th century, and how that has developed to teaching English all over the world. The British wanted to communicate with the countries with whom they were trading, so teachers were sent to teach English. Eventually, this spread to other countries, and soon the whole world.

This post tells a story about a woman who is teaching in Korea, and is told about the Tesol International Association, an institution whose aim it is to ensure excellence in English language teaching to people who want to learn English. Through this story, the reader finds out what this institution is, what it does to solve problems, and what they do to present ideas that will help ESL teachers.

Hot Spots

Hotspot #1 (in the field): Teachers have to adjust their teaching based on the needs of the students. They cannot have just one set lesson for a broad range of students. Everyone is at a different level, and should therefore be taught at that level so that they can understand.

Hotspot #2 (personal): A lot of the times, ESL teaching is just seen as simply teaching English to a group of foreigners who want to learn English. You have to really connect and understand you students, their background, and even be their friend. There is a personal aspect as well as an academic one.

Hotspot #3 (authority/historical context): There has been a set curriculum in teaching English since it first started five-hundred or so years ago. This curriculum has changed over time, and now, teachers have to conform to this curriculum that their boss or another institution has created to meet the needs of the students and teachers.


  1. I like the hotspot amount becoming a person's friend in order to help them learn English. I think that personal relationships are the foundation of just about everything good that happens in this world.

  2. I agree with Gavin; the lack of understanding of what ESL teaching really is is a window of opportunity to fill in that gap. If the information is presented in the correct manner (being rhetorically sound) I think you could convince a lot of people both in and out of the field that there is a highly personal and maybe even emotional aspect to ESL teaching. It's pertinent all around.