I am someone who's been learning English as a second language from a very young age, through consuming A LOT of American media, as a result, I grew up to be very fluent in it, and because I pretty much learned the way a native would, I have an intrinsic understanding of how to use the language, but not how it's rules work, in other words, I can write a sentence correctly if asked to do so, but I couldn't for the life of me tell you why I wrote it that way.
I've been considering putting my skill to use in tutoring, I even went and got a TESOL/TEFL certificate to give myself a level of legitimacy, and I have been trying to rectify the problem mentioned above teaching myself about the different aspects of the language, I've even built a sort of database using Dynalist.
It's a bit messy but here are the topics I've already gone through already:
- Sentence Components
- Sentence Structure Types
- Passive And Active Voices
- Types Of Verbs
- Homophones, Homographs and Homonyms
- Word Roots
- Phonetics (IPA)
There are things like vocabulary which I'm not sure how to approach since I learned words simply by picking them up here and there, as for the process of teaching itself, I'll be referring back to the TESOL/TEFL course I took.
I will also be looking through highschool textbooks to know what is being taught and how, but for now I thought I'd get some professional input on the matter regarding what I'm missing.
My three main target demographics would be:
- Highschool students looking to improve their grades.
- Adults looking to learn English as a way to further their careers.
- Young kids still learning the basics of the language.
(Though I'm still on the fence regarding this one)
So I would love to know what areas of the English language I should focus on learning to be a more effective teacher for each of these groups.
Remember, this is for ESL, so I won't be getting into to the deeper aspects of the language, at least not initially.