An Aid for Teachers in Accomodating International Students

This piece looks at increasing numbers of pupils in UK schools who do not speak English as their first language.

London, United Kingdom, August 11, 2012 --( This year, figures show that one million children in English primary, secondary and special schools don’t speak English as their first language[1]. In the past year, the number of those without English as their mother tongue has risen by approximately 49,600, with pupils who are native English speakers now considered a minority at one in 13 schools[2].

Because of the number of students with a lesser grasp on the language, there is increased pressure on school staff in teaching a wide range of pupils with varying ability and understanding. Not only making life difficult for teachers and teaching assistants but for the pupils, too, as they struggle to adjust to a new culture and a new language.

In accommodating these varied abilities, TEFL England is a company providing a wide range of courses in teaching English as a foreign language which when undertaken by teachers, could then be applied in a classroom scenario. Within these courses, people are not only trained in how to communicate and teach English in the most simple and effective manner, but are also taught interactive methods and activities which will engage the students, allowing them to learn and develop their language skills in the most enjoyable way.

The tutors in charge of classroom classes and the tutors who guide you through the online courses have years of experience in teaching English all over the world. The experience, knowledge and expertise they possess is extremely valuable, and will be shared with those who undertake a course, allowing them to learn about best practice and essential methodology.

Many schools will look to expensive external support to deal with this situation. However, many schools may not have the funding to sustain such support. Having teachers complete a TEFL course could be all that is needed in re-evaluating their teaching approach and their lesson plans to accommodate the influx of international students.

[1] More than 1m UK pupils do not speak English as their first language. 2012. The Guardian.

[2] Clark, L. 2012. English a second language to one million pupils as record one in six children don't speak it at home. The Daily Mail.
TEFL England
Alana MacPherson