During the afternoons, I am teaching a beginner learner English. He has very limited experience learning English and everything seems to be a steep learning curve. He is from Saudi Arabia so that presents quite a challenge. He has not encountered the English language before and has difficulty retaining how to spell. However, he is very good at conversing in English and is able to make himself understood.
The challenge that I face at the moment is trying to improve his writing and spelling ability. I have worked solidly this week so that he encounters a range of activities to develop his reading, spelling and writing ability. I have tried everything. Memorisation games, recycling vocabulary, hangman, filling in the missing vowels from words and word search puzzles. Yet, he has difficulty remembering how to spell.
I need some help from other language teachers on what other strategies this student should do to develop his English. What should I do during lesson so that this learning is constantly recycling vocabulary and developing his awareness of spelling? At the moment he is guessing the spelling and does very little to be aware of spelling.
I suppose this blog post serves as a reminder that as teachers we are constantly looking at ways to improve and develop as professional language teachers. Never forget to improve yourself and ensure that learners are getting the best out of your lessons.