While teaching teenagers, we quite often meet with lots of challenges. Grammar struggle, lack of desire to speak English in class, no homework done, extremely short writings…you name it. Teachers know dozens of tricks and techniques for each problematic situation. But then comes the first day of an advanced class and you realize that…there is no problem at all. They can speak fluently, build strong arguments and give presentations. Their grammar seems impeccable, they joke in English, read in English…think in English? ‘What’s the point, guys? You know everything!’ – one might think. However, teaching high-level teenagers is a special pleasure. Today’s article will share some tips on how to do it for mutual benefit.
This piece of advice seems to be the most obvious. While grammar is somehow limited, lexis is totally limitless. Tailor the choice of vocabulary to their interests or find something universally useful. Probably, some of the students will need academic vocabulary for their further studies, while others will be happy to know scientific or medical English. Take that into account. Also, there are thousands of collocations, sayings and idioms, not to mention slang, which your teens will definitely enjoy. ‘<