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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:
I've learnt that using eye contact is key to involving all students in the lesson, and that gestures are only useful if they help convey the instructions clearly. My voice projection is dependent on the situation of the classroom and students and will require variation. It's clear that grouping students can help increase student talk time; the most common ways are, pairwork, whole-class grouping and individual work. It's important to remember that each student will have a different preference, for example some may prefer to interact with the teacher rather than another student, so it would be good to vary the different approaches. How the classroom is arranged by the teacher can affect the atmosphere and it is important to choose an arrangement that will work well for the activity and easily allow the students to communicate with the teacher. The amount of STT and TTT will depend on what type of activity the students are doing, there will be more teacher talk time when giving instructions. There are a range of factors that affect maintaining discipline and some can be influenced by the teacher and some cannot, the most vital part is having a balance between discipline and relaxed environment so the students can learn.