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TESOL Videos - TEFL review from Stephanie
This TEFL review is from Stephanie. She is from the United States and recently completed our 120-hour TEFL/TESOL course online. She thought that all the units were very helpful as it definitely provides a comprehensive foundation of teaching English as a foreign language. She had a good time taking the course overall and recommend this course to anyone looking to work in the field of teaching English as a foreign language.
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.
During a teacher's first lesson, it is essential for him/her to establish rapport with the students and set the tone for the rest of the course. There are two categories of classes a teacher may find himself/herself for the first lesson; New group and Existing group. An experienced teacher during the first lesson will not resort to the course book but rather set up activities that will enable him/her establish rapport and understand the needs, wants and aspirations of his students. It is good to have warmers for your class before the main lesson begins, as this helps set the mood right for the day's activity. Warmers are most useful if they can be linked to the Study phase of the lesson. In every class there are students who learn more quickly than others and and a there are a number of way a teacher should be able to handle such situations. Successful learning experiences in large classes are dependent upon good planning, effective monitoring, inclusive teaching, appropriate assessment, and active engagement by teachers and students. Just like teaching a small class, you must come up with engaging activities that keep all of your students interested and participating with the goal of improving their communication skills. Students their native language to assist each other in certain circumstances of their lessons help but as a teacher, it is not appropriate to allow the use of the students native language as your job is to help them practice and improve upon their English language skills. There are a number of ways a teacher can help in dealing with such situations. You can be an expert in classroom management, but still struggle with engaging all of your students. A teacher should be able to deploy some strategies that can be used to attempt to engage your reluctant students. These strategies should be in the form of class activities where the reluctant students play a crucial role which engages them.