I have learned many new things from this course. The following is a summary.
I learned about the different roles of teachers and that a teacher has to play different roles at different times. I learned about the different levels of learners and that students of different ages have different motivations for learning english. I learned about various methodologies for teaching english. In particular, the PPP (Presentation, Practice, Production) methodology made an impression on me.
One of the most valuable things I learned during the course was the ESA (Engage, Study, Activate) approach to teaching. This is similar to the PPP methodology, and I have used them both through just about every unit in the course. I plan to use these methodologies and techniques when I plan my lessons for the classroom.
I learned how to manage classes by arranging the desks in different ways and grouping the students in different ways. I also learned how to communicate using voice, eye contact, gestures, and pictures. I learned that it is important to maintain discipline in the classroom, but it is also important to create a welcoming and relaxed environment for learning. I plan to use this knowledge to communicate effectively and to arrange my classroom and group my students in ways that will optimize orderly learning.
The units and practice concerning lesson planning were especially valuable. I learned that a lesson plan is an essential tool for time management and that it is important to streamline lessons in this way in order to keep the attention of the class engaged. This is especially true for children
because their attention spans are short, and they are easily distracted if the teacher is not prepared with plenty of activities. I plan to use this knowledge to plan engaging lessons.
I learned that a course book can serve as a valuable guide for the class, but a teacher should adapt the material to the needs of the students and be ready to replace course book material with authentic or created material when appropriate. In addition to the course book, the teacher can make use of other aides and equipment such as worksheets, visual aides, recorders, projectors, computers, and copies. One of the most important pieces of equipment is the board, which should be kept clean and orderly. I plan to use a course book as well as adapting it to the needs of the students.
I also learned a few things about english grammar. I learned about the phonemic alphabet and how to use a dictionary to determine pronunciation. I reviewed the parts of speech as well as the past, present, and future tenses. We also covered a few more technical points including conditionals, reported speech, modal auxiliary verbs, phrasal verbs, and the passive voice. I will use this knowledge to make sure I am teaching correct grammar to my students.
Overall, I would say that this course provided a good review of grammar and equipped me with the teaching tools I will need to become a successful english teacher.