Tips for Teaching IGCSE English as a Second Language


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IGCSE students need to engage with language intensively if they are to succeed in examinations. The booklet ‘Tips for Teaching IGCSE English as a Second Language’ offers student-centred exercises for improving speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar. Participants discover quick and easy ways to raise their students’ level of achievement.


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More about my session: Tips for Teaching IGCSE English as a Second Language, Thurs 22nd March, 3.50, Dochart 2.
I taught English as a Foreign Language for over 20 years. As Head of EFL in an English public school, there was limited time to improve the end-of-year examination prospects for my students. The ideas and suggestions offered in this workshop arose from my experiences with these classes.
Given constraints on scheduling and time, how can we encourage our examination students to learn quickly and effectively?
How can we get our students to focus on satisfying the requirements of the examination?
How can we persuade our students to engage with these requirements in ways that will raise their level of achievement?
This workshop attempts to answer these questions while introducing a new approach that matches learners’ characteristics with examination requirements.
A selection of exercises from the book demonstrates ways of improving students’ speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar. Participants learn how to develop teaching methods that relate specifically to their students and their needs. The methods facilitate the language acquisition process directly so that learners retain permanently lesson content and newly-acquired skills. Topics range from exercises that improve vocabulary and grammar to those that help students distinguish between facts, opinions, ideas, register and style. There will be some copies of the booklet available free at the session to those who are willing to send feedback to me to my email: and a limited number will also be available free to others who contact me after the conference.
I look forward to seeing or hearing from you!
Rosemary Westwell

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