Tips on teaching lower-level teens

Tips on teaching lower-level teens

Teaching low-level teenagers can be a real struggle. On the one hand, you already can’t base your lessons on techniques and activities for young learners. On the other, teenagers don’t seem ready for “real work” as some of them have a very limited command of English, or probably none. In today’s article, you will find 5 rules of teaching teens who are just starting their journey of learning English.

Grade language

When we teach lower-level students, we are often tempted to use L1 because it’s too hard for the learners to understand natural stretches of connected speech. The solution is simple: graded language. By using graded language, teachers adapt what they say to the level of the learners. Some basic principles of grading language are these:

  • Slow down. Break long sentences into shorter meaningful chunks. Repeat, if necessary.
  • Opt for simpler grammar an