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TESOL Videos - TEFL Review from Rodney
This TEFL review is from Rodney. He is originally from Jamaica but currently living and working in Japan. He recently completed our 120-hour TEFL/TESOL course online and had a great experience. He realized the importance of an internationally recognized TEFL/TESOL certification and decided to go for it. After completing the course, he received a range of new opportunities, especially in teaching English online. He cannot recommend this course enough to anyone who is interested in teaching English.
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 Unit 3: Theories, Methods & Techniques, we focused on the different ways in which language has been taught. We focused on the different methods that were often used in the past (i.e. Grammar/Translation & Audio/Lingualism) to the more modern methods of teaching language (i.e. Community Language Learning & Suggestopedia). The use of E.S.A. (Engage/Study/Activity) was introduced in great detail in terms of different ways and techniques that could to used to introduce these stages to students. While the most traditional way of teaching E.S.A. is the \"Straight Arrow\" method, there are some benefits to teaching E.S.A. a way that would allow more flexibility in changing the stages or even repeating the stages. This is something that teachers should consider based on the level of students they are teaching. A teacher must also be very aware of the proper and improper time to correct a student. For example, in a situation where a student is engaged in a fun game of role playing with other students, the act of correcting that student's minor error would be pointless and better suited for when the role playing activity comes to an end. However, the study phase may be the best opportunity for a teacher to correct a student while they are engaging in Pronunciation techniques. There are also different ways that a teacher can correct a student without stopping the entire lesson to do so. Some of these correction techniques include: self-correction, student-student correction, and teacher-student correction. While it can be difficult for a teacher to know exactly what type of mistakes and errors to correct, it should always be known that it is through mistakes and errors that students are able to truly learn a language because they are at least trying to learn. In essence, errors and mistakes are a vital step to learning, hence the role of the teacher is to guide the student to learn from their mistakes and errors.