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This is how our TEFL graduates feel they have gained from their course, and how they plan to put into action what they learned:
- The importance of writing out a lesson plan: this will help me structure my classes and not lose focus – things can get scattered for me as I teach individual classes and no two students are at the same level or have the same aim! It can get very confusing.
- As a beginning teacher having a good course book to help stay on course and make sure the lessons progress logically.
- Make good use of the resources available on the Internet and other sources.
- Use this TEFL course material
as a source and refer to it regularly!
- Make sure I am prepared for each of my classes and not just riding out the previous one! Try to focus on speaking only english (or french, since that is mainly what I am teaching in Geneva) with my students – unless they become quite desperate!
- Have a lesson plan.
- Vary the activities; try to include more games (not as obvious when classes are one-on-ones.)
- I’m also seriously considering applying for a part-time position in a language school to have that experience first-hand.
- Slowly build up a library of teaching material: visuals, games, texts and articles (authentic ones), etc.
- Start participating in the various forums that exist for language teachers on the Net. There is a lot of information to be gleaned from them!
- Dream project: go teach english (and french if there is a demand for private courses) in Istanbul, Turkey.