How to present new English teaching material

How to present new English teaching material
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Presentation tips – How to present new English teaching material

This article gives you tips about how to present new English teaching material. The “Four Commandments“ ensure that your presentation of new teaching material to your students is a success. The “Four Commandments“ are taught in our TEFL courses that are accredited by Trinity College London.

We strongly advise that you follow the “Four Commandments” presentation tips when you present new teaching material.

If you follow our “ Four Commandments”, your students will take in your new material more effectively and are more likely to retain the newly presented information.

Your students will be motivated by your excellent presentation skills.

Presentation tip 1. Attention

Make sure that your students:

  • are alert and focused on you, the teacher, and the material you are presenting;
  • understand that you are explaining something that they need to take in;
  • are paying attention;
  • find the material interesting. Here is an example. When you introduce business vocabulary, use an inspiring success story rather than a dry, statistical article.

Presentation tip 2. Awareness

Make sure of the following:

  • Your students see or hear the target material.
  • You repeat the material as many times as is necessary to reinforce assimilation.
  • Get a response from your students to check that they have understood and assimilated the material. Do not use questions that can only give a yes or no answer. Do not ask single answer questions like “Did you understand?”. You know that they will all say yes because they do not want to appear dumb in front of their classmates.

Presentation tip 3. Appreciate

Make sure of the following:

  • Your students appreciate the meaning of the material you introduced.
  • Use teaching material to which your students can relate. It could be a previously learned language skill or something they can relate to based on experience, culture, etc.
  • Illustrate the connection by referring to previously learned material, cultural aspects, experience, general knowledge, etc.
  • Get a response from your students to check that they have appreciated, understood and taken in the new material.

Presentation tip 4. Assimilate

Make sure of the following:

  • Your students take in and store the material in their short-term memory.
  • Ensure that your presentation is engaging. For example, it is colourful, dramatic or unusual.
  • You make a summary if an initial, lengthy explanation is necessary.

Get a response from your students to check that they have appreciated, understood and taken in the new material.

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