Teaching the Basics


Tips on How to Teach the Basics

Perhaps, one of the first things you need to make sure of when you’re teaching English (especially if you’re teaching it as a foreign language) is that you need to begin with the basics. You can’t be caught teaching English by starting with complex concepts such as centripetal force (haha, you probably don’t even remember what that is, do you?).




A tip for any teacher: begin with the basics.

If you check any tech blog on teaching English as a foreign language, you’re bound to see that the basics make up the right place to start. Here are a few tips for you to begin correctly in your teaching.

  1. Before anything else, make sure that you begin with the alphabet and numbers. One of the first things you should start with is to teach the alphabet and numbers. By teaching the alphabet and numbers, you’ll create a great foundation for everything else that your students will learn. Also make use of a lot of visual and auditory aids, to make the learning process more manageable.
  2. Prioritize pronunciation, always emphasizing the difficult sounds. Teaching pronunciation is extremely important when teaching English as a second language. Consider focusing on sounds that are particularly hard for English as a second language students. (Hint: the ‘th’ sound and all its variations will prove to be particularly difficult, so watch out for that.)
  3. Teach your students the different parts of speech, particularly the nouns. After teaching the alphabet and numbers, move on to nouns. Teaching nouns will be one of the easiest things for your students to learn. This is because your students will be able to look at everything around them as potential things to learn.
  4. After nouns, follow up with verbs and adjectives. It actually makes a lot of sense. After teaching about the names of things, you’ve got to teach them what those things do and how to describe them. Teaching verbs and adjectives will be a huge step in the process in which your students will put together full sentences (written or spoken).

After you have taught them the basics, you can try to explore navigating the Internet in English, for instance, such as a visit to online shops like Lazada and Zalora.