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TESOL Videos - Theories, Methods & Techniques of Teaching - Nature vs. Nurture
This presentation is going to focus on the theories, methods and techniques of teaching and we're going to start with a quote. This is an interesting quotation because it contains within it a philosophical argument and it's a philosophical argument in the way in which we learn. Basically, this one is saying that the intelligence of their own children comes about due to a natural process. So this one could be said to be due to nature. This is exactly the opposite of this one, which is saying that they're teaching the environment that we create, creates that intelligence. So this one can be said to be due to nurture and this argument 'nature versus nurture' has been going on for thousands of years. These two viewpoints are two ends of a scale, or a continuum if you like, and every teaching methodology that's ever been created has its starting point somewhere on this scale. For example, if a particular methodology has its starting point here, then that would be fifty percent due to nature and fifty percent is due to nurture.
This is what one of our TEFL graduates feels he has gained from the course, or a part of it, and how he plans to put into action what he has learned.
In this unit, I learned about a range of different teaching strategies and themes, such as songs, chants, and music as well as playing games and using stories, arts and drama, and ideas of how to put it together in a lesson plan. As well as ideas on how to adapt a game for the classroom.this course unit basically very interesting as far as this course is concerned. the reason being that most of the sentences we normally speak do not follow any pattern. now i just realised that we have different kinds of tenses and also how and where we can use them in forming sentences.In this unit, troubleshooting is discussed to highlight the need for a teacher to know the kinds of students they have so as to make lessons and use techniques that respond to their needs. I have learnt from this unit that a good and effective teacher is the one who knows their students.