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TESOL Videos - TESOL TEFL Reviews - Video Testimonial - Christopher
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.
"The learning and behavior theories are very helpful for understanding the learning process of young learners. The different approaches and methodologies for each group gives very good ideas for different activities that we can do in our classrooms. The different sitting arrangements that we can design in the class are helpful to keep a new environment and to make the students feel fresh." Unit 2 explores language acquisition and learning of L1 and L2 as well as teaching methods appropriate for young learners. Young learners are categorized into 2 groups: 5-9 year olds and 9-13 year olds. These two groups' maturation is quite different; thus, teachers must prepare lessons according to their likes, dislikes, and attitudes in class. 5-9 year olds are easily bored in class, so teachers need to catch their attention in class through games and physical activities (such as moving around, singing, talking loudly, and drawing). For 9-13 year olds, teacher instruction is increased as they are more capable of concentrating in class. Games and interesting in-class activities are still incorporated for students to practice using the languages presented by their teachers. The unit also gives an overview of possible seating arrangements in class along with advantages and disadvantages of each.