Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips for Effective Communication

 

 Introduce a new topic or subject by saying:                             ‌

  • Last time, we talked about..., today we will go on and...
  • First of all, I would like to talk about...
  • Today's topic is...
  • What I want to do today is...
  • What we are going to cover today is...
  • Today, I am going to talk about..
  • The important point I want to make today is...

To make transitions between subjects or lecture parts, you may say:

  • Now, let's see what happens.
  • If that's clear, we will go on to the next point.
  • Now, let's approach the problem in a different way.
  • The second point I want to make is...
  • Let's get back to the idea of...

To summarizing and conclude, use these expressions:

  • To summarize... / In summary...
  • What we have been talking about...
  • Okay, we have discussed...
  • So far (up until now), I have been trying to show you...
  • To conclude...  / In conclusion...
  • The important points to remember are...
  • The conclusions we can draw from this are...
  • How would you summarize the theory?

When you invite students to participate in discussion, say:

  • Who would like to say something?
  • Could you say a little more about that?
  • Can you elaborate on that?
  • Do you agree...?
  • What do you think...?
  • How do you feel...?
  • What comparison can you make between...?
  • What is the point made by the author of this article?
  • How would you summarize this theory?

Use these expressions to clarify student comments

  • In other words...
  • What you said is...
  • I think I understand what you mean. Let me put it another way.
  • If I understand you correctly, you mean...
  • Would you like to elaborate on this point?
  • Could you restate your point? I'm not sure I understand.

Introduce examples by saying:

  • For example... / For instance...
  • Take..., for example.
  • To be more specific....
  • Let me give you an example...

 

 If you need to redirect a conversation, you may say:

  • Let me interrupt for a minute.
  • Speaking of ... we need to move on to ...
  • That reminds me of...
  • Well, we need to...

 

Repeat, rephrase, reiterate, and restate

  • "Said another way..."
  • "Let me present another way of understanding this..."
  • "The same idea can be explained in this way..."
  • "Another example of this is..."
  • "I'll repeat that in a different way..."
  • "Stated another way..."
  • "A simpler explanation of the same idea is..."