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I'm a young Turkish boy and the Education system here is worse than you guess.My numerical(I don't know how do you call it there)lessons are bad and i'm going to be an English teacher,but i've got 2 years to prepare the biggest exam.the system here is bulit on grammar and people ought to get at least 90 right answers out of 100.And my question is;what do you recommend me to pass that exam?how can i improve my English?should i solve more exams or talk English to my friends?(I apologize for my avegareEnglish,in any case my problem here is to improve it)Please help me!(By the way can you tell me whichever of my sentences wrong?)
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If you want to be a doctor, or an architect, or an engineer or a lawyer, you'll have to study hard. Becoming a teacher is not different. It requires hard work. I think you should focus on every aspect of the language.
Grammar is very important, of course. And putting grammar to practice is just as important.
Phonetics and diction are usually aspects of the language that people tend not to pay much attention to, but they are very important too. A difference in pronunciation may have very different results, ranging from funny to incredibly embarrassing.
You'll also need to pay close attention to style, different registers, usage, appropriateness.
And, beyond the language itself, you'll need to learn pedagogy. This includes many different things such as different approaches to teaching, how to choose the right teaching materials for each group/student, and, in general, how to make the most of the teaching-learning process. Teaching children is not the same as teaching adults. Teaching beginners is not the same as teaching advanced learners. Teaching EFL is not the same as teaching, for example, ESP.

Bubu gave you very good advice, in my opinion.

And I'll add something else: your case seems to be the same as mine. English isn't my first language either. So I had to study really hard not only to learn how to teach, but mainly to learn the language myself. You'll never know everything there is to know, even when you're a teacher. But you must learn as much as you can for several reasons. The most important, in my opinion, is that students will take you as their model, so anything and everything you say will probably be taken by them as if it were the absolute truth (mainly if your students are beginners). Also, you have to be aware that students ask lots of questions and, even when there's nothing wrong with saying "I don't know" from time to time, they will expect you to remove many of their doubts.

A sound knowledge of the language and of teaching methodology will make you a great teacher.
Good luck!

Miriam
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Hi
I am not a native speaker of the language. and i am no expert.
I am also practicing my english to improve it. I can undestand your problem.

The Best thing would be to do "word clearing". This means rediscovering the words that you already know. Most often we don't take the pain to use a dictionary for common words. We think we know them. But you can check your knowledge. For example, how much do you know about the word "common"? If you have a good dictionary use it to find the meaning. You will be surprised to see the other meaning it has.

Similarly go for the words [easy words] that you already know. The dictionary wil help you to learn them better.

To find the meanings of a word u can use "onelook.com"
To find example sentences u can use highbeam research.com or google

And i would suggest that you should study a lot of children's literature. If you r going to be a teacher you need to be able to explain complicated things in common words. You may try Enid blyton's stories.

And then keep visiting forums and chat rooms and surf websites for ideas.

"about.com" is an excellent site for english teachers and students. it's a must for anyone who wants to improve his english.

and now for correcting the mistakes in your question

I'm a young Turkish boy and the Education system here is worse than you guess.My numerical(I don't know how do[omit do here] you call it there)lessons are bad and i'm going to be an English teacher,but i've got 2 years to prepare [use "for" here]the biggest exam.the system here is bulit on grammar and people ought to get at least 90 right answers out of 100.And my question is;what do you recommend me to pass that exam?how can i improve my English?should i solve more exams[can any one solve exams?] or talk [? or speak in]English to my friends?(I apologize for my avegare [spell check]English,in any case my problem here is [how] improve it)Please help me!(By the way, can you please show me where i made mistakes in in my question?

Hope this helps
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Dear Mirium,

the adition was superb, you touched all the areas i had not.

by the way, I have tried to correct his original question. Could you plz check if have made any mistake?
lol

bubu
Bubu,
I'm afraid that editing is not my long suit, I'm a bit too fussy sometimes. I have a hard enough time trying to edit the work of Spanish-speaking students. I don't know what makes speakers of other languages write what they write in English. I'm not saying that the Guest's paragraph is wrong; it's only that I'd rather start from scratch and write it again differently.
Surely a native speaker of English with good writing skills will be more helpful here.
But I'll give it a try anyway. Emotion: smile

- I prefer 'educational' to 'education' system, but then I've seen both used.
- I don't know what 'numerical lessons' are. This is a wild guess, but could that be his 'grades'?
- It's 'what' you call something (not 'how').
- I would have used 'must' or 'have to' instead of 'ought to'.
- 'What would you recommend I should do' or 'What would you recommend I do'.
- As a student, you 'take' or 'sit for' exams.
- Not sure what he means by 'average' English. It might not be the right adjective to use in that construction.
- how 'to' improve.

Now, the three of us will be waiting for correction. Keep your fingers crossed! ~laughs~
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