How can I make my Korean student speak in English?

Philippines
May 20, 2009 5:48am CST
I have a new job as an English tutor for Koreans. One of my students has only stayed here in our country for 3 months. Before that, she barely has any knowledge of English. I think that she is a fast learner when it comes to grammar but I'm having a hard time making her communicate. The thing with our ESL (English as a Second Language) students is that they are good at learning the words but it's hard for them to form them into a sentence. so, like maybe my student scared of getting embarrassed when she speaks. the other students dont laugh at her at all. But it's hard for me to make her communicate english at all times. Can you give me any tips on how to make or help her speak english faster? http://kcatwoman.blogspot.com
18 responses
• Philippines
21 May 09
My advice is to read some English movies. I have a 12 days training for English Language last 2007, I am not Korean but a Filipina who are interested to learn in English. In this training I had, our instructor gave us some story line , a paragraph that is based on dialogues of the film Legally Blonde, its fun because it is full of conversation and you can pick a line from it that you can use for your daily conversation. Also ask her what is her problem. Ask her and tell her that her money will be put in waste if she will not learn from you, her difficulty is her problem, and it will become her habit if she will not solve it right now. Try to have some words of wisdom with her and soon she will realize it. I hope so. Because me, I want to learn english and until now I am continues watching movies, programs, even a radio station, when I hear them reporting some news in English I repeat it, until I learned. Its all about her and her english, She have to help herself.
• Philippines
21 May 09
Legally blonde is a good suggestion. Maybe i'll just wait for a few more weeks before i could give her an assignment like that. any other suggestions on simple films that we could watch?
• Philippines
22 May 09
All feel Good movie and Chick flick movie are my recommendation like 50 First Date, 10 Things I hate about you. Find film that they can pick a line for conversation. I always watch "Friends", "Will and Grace" and "Greys Anatomy,I picked some line conversation from there. Please update us of her development. Godbless. But be careful with this movie and tv shows as you will pick some accents too.
@gcorp09 (940)
• Singapore
20 May 09
I will say that you have to encourage the student to speak in English. For example, you could pick out everyone to say out in English of what they like to eat, or drink, or get all students to introduce themselves in English. Do give constant encouragement, and correct them nicely if they did not form a correct sentence. Another suggestion I had is that you could get some of the other Korean students who are close to her, to talk to her more in English, and also try to encourage her to talk to them in English as well. In that way, as she slowly gain confidence from her friends, she will slowly be more confident to talk in English in class too.
• Philippines
20 May 09
i like yor second suggestion best. i think that i should tryto convince her friends to speak to her more in English. that may be a little challenging though, but i'll give it a try. http://kcatwoman.blogspot.com
@gcorp09 (940)
• Singapore
20 May 09
Well, I'm glad that you like it. I feel that this will help not just the female student, but also her friends who is talking to her in English. Normally, I do believe that they should feel less stressful if they are talking to each other than to speak out in class.
• Philippines
21 May 09
Well I used to teach English to Koreans for roughly 4 years, until I shifted to different field of work. Anyway, I like Koreans the way how determined they are to learn English and would travel this far, not only to PI just to learn English. You can't blame them that it would be hard for them to speak English the way we do, since how their language is totally different from ours and even from English. How's that? Technically speaking, learning basic English, the Noun-and-predicate type of sentence as the common sentence we used to learn that's how it goes for both English and Tagalog language, but in Korean that totally the opposite, which means it first start with a predicate the the noun would be the last. So this is 1 of the reasons why Koreans are having hard time in learning.. Well, you may ask them to read more of English books, to start off first with the basic storybooks before they read the advanced books.. I know how for some Koreans want to rush their learning capacity and force themselves.. Secondly, ask them to watch English shows and movies!! They mostly stick to Korean shows, so better have a routine of watching at least a series of shows.. At least, these all are helpful on my part while I was still teaching my students.. Goodluck!
• Philippines
25 May 09
thanks for elightening me about how they make their sentences. it's true they really stick with korean tv shows. could you suggest some english shows for a 21 year old girl which have simple storylines? thank you
@kereste (12)
• Turkey
20 May 09
Make her memorize english songs so she will get addicted to speak english better
• Philippines
21 May 09
nice one. any suggestion on the songs. she's 21 years old, though.
@arcidy (5015)
• United States
20 May 09
Well its just like anyother language people try to learn. Its not easy to learn another language witch I know since im trying to learn spannish and Its pretty difficult to learn. Maybe some people just cant pick up another language who knows but be patient with her because in time she will be speaking english.
• Philippines
21 May 09
thank you arcidy, i will try to be more patient with her
@rvorray (35)
20 May 09
iam also student english as a second lunguage two years back i came to uk.from that time iam facing trobles with english everyday iaa thinking why am i didnt take english as first language. now iam better than before
• Philippines
21 May 09
what was the most effective way to learn english? i need to know from you bec. you were an ESL student just like my student. :-)
@cili82 (32)
• Malaysia
20 May 09
why dont you try this...give them a choice af movie(video) they like,then make sure that video has an english subtitle..after that you ask the student to watch with that sub. what's important is understand the meaning of the subtitles and try to use them in their daily speaking..i think its fun..watch and learn..just my 2 cents..
• Philippines
21 May 09
that's a great idea. actuall we're just starting by using short movies from youtube screening room, but the problem is the words are too deep for them to understand. anyway, about the movies you suggested, do you know of any film that uses simple words. thank you very much cili.
• China
20 May 09
first, you should make sure she know how important english is for her in the future. second,at class, you can ask her more qestions than before to practise her,because practise make perfect. that's all.hope can help you.
• Philippines
20 May 09
sharon, i totally agree! i should tell her how important english is for her future especially since she will migrate to an english speaking country. that should motivate her! thanks again. http://kcatwoman.blogspot.com
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
20 May 09
Hello kukaisiton. I think that she needs to overcome her shyness while communicating with others in English. Many students are afraid to make mistakes, which blocks them from speaking in English. Besides, lack of enough words is also a problem that affects their speaking English. Since she has learned English for only three months, I think that she still needs to learn more basic vocabulary and basic pattern drills. Try your best to work with her and certainly she will be able to speak English one day soon. Good luck to you both.
• Philippines
20 May 09
thank you for your advice. i agree that her fear of making mistakes is the thing that blocks her from making enough progress or probaby i have a problem with my patience too. i will try to make her learn more about basic words and i'll also do the drills like you said.
@dianmelydia (2271)
• Indonesia
20 May 09
I think you can try to make a daily conversation in English for Korean reader. Currently i have a website which teach Asian language. I hope i can help you. But so far my Korean language course still in development. I have finished the daily conversation draft. It seems like we can develop it together. Have a nice day and happy mylotting.
• Philippines
20 May 09
hi can you give me a link to your site. i think it might be helpful for us maybe when the korean language course has been developed.
• China
20 May 09
Maybe should teach them some sentences which used often in daily life. Assume some situations, make dialogue themselves.
• China
20 May 09
agree, try to ask them to speak up in your classes and in her life, that's will be better.
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
20 May 09
Really the only thing I can suggest is that you continue trying and have patience...and maybe if she isnt inclined to speak in English in front of the class, try (if at all possible) working one on one with her and always make sure you "praise" her for her efforts..... I've never been in a situation like that so I really cant speak from experience but best of luck...
• Philippines
20 May 09
hello raven lady, yes we do one-on-one. i agree that i should praise her for making an effort, i hope whe improves. thanks for your response. http://kcatwoman.blogspot.com
@sfarfan (10)
• Colombia
20 May 09
Ok, i got some suggestions for you to take on count: -Use animated toons, they use a simple and easy to listen language (if it works for a little kid why not to one a little bigger). -Make her to learn some english song, one that she likes. -I did learn allot at chat rooms on the internet, and playing online games. -Watch and repat what is sayed on tv movies and shows Well, those things worked for me, i did learn english by my self in that way. Pd. Tell her that she has not to be embarrassed, that no one ever born fully learned.
• Philippines
20 May 09
hey sfarfan. i think i coud learn to teach her best from you bec. as you said you learned english through the list you gave. i will totally try to make her watch animated toons, i just hope she likes it. it's just a little challenging to find animated films for her. any suggestions about that? i also like that part where i would make her learn a song. thanks i really like your response!
@chillpill90 (1937)
20 May 09
i have a idea get her just to say little thinks first and little sentences like : i am happy or i am sad. Also you could talk to her in enlgish individually like when the other students are not around and see. ALternatively you could make it that everyone in the class has to speak english and if they dont then you dont answer them because then she has to try and even if she gets it wrong you can say well done for trying. I mean when i was at secondary school my teacher made the entire class talk to each other in french so we werent scared of how we sounded.
• Philippines
20 May 09
actually our english only policy in our small school is violated all the time.LOL. i think i agree with you that i have to commend her even if she makes small mistakes bec. at least she tries... thank you chillpill
• Philippines
25 May 09
Patience. That's what you need. You continue communicate her with English accompanied by signs. Because she can able to understand and remember easily the words or statements you have said. Continue the good work.
• United States
21 May 09
I am korean, and most koreans learn it more as of, saying a word or phrase, and then tell them to translate it get them engaged in conversation in English, and when you go home, right before give them maybe a 50 word list to translate, and tell them to memorize them. Next time you tutor them, give them a mini-quiz over them and then just keep expanding their english vocabulary, and they will soon get it!
20 May 09
Hi Kukaisiton, Try taliking to her in English all the time and if she talks back to you in her language, don't answer and keep repeating it to her, she will talk in English eventual/ Tamara
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
20 May 09
Hello kukaisiton. I think that she needs to overcome her shyness while communicating with others in English. Many students are afraid to make mistakes, which blocks them from speaking in English. Besides, lack of enough words is also a problem that affects their speaking English. Since she has learned English for only three months, I think that she still needs to learn more basic vocabulary and basic pattern drills. Try your best to work with her and certainly she will be able to speak English one day soon. Good luck to you both.