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TESOL Videos - TESOL TEFL Reviews - Video Testimonial - Mary
Mary is an assistant English language teacher in Tokyo, Japan, and she recently completed the 120-hour online TEFL/TESOL course with ITTT. She enjoyed the course a lot and had fun completing all 20 units. In her TEFL review, she also says that she enjoyed the flexibility the course gave her to complete the course in her leisure time. She recommends the course to anyone interested in teaching English and finds the course to be great value for money.
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Unit 19: Teaching special groups Teaching beginners: there are many categories. The absolute beginner: students who do not have English at all The false beginner: students may have studied or been exposed to English before. They will probably produce simple structures. The adult beginner: they have made their own decision to learn English The young beginner: they often lack motivation as they have not usually made the decision to study English The beginner without Roman alphabet: they will need a lot of help as regards basic literacy skills. Teaching individual students. There are some advantages: no mixed levels, usually highly motivated, needs are clearly defined, the teacher can develop a close relationship with the student. However, there are some disadvantages: the loss of classroom dynamics and tiredness. Since it is a one to one lesson, some activities are imposSible. The teacher will usually be the partner of the student. Teaching children This is one of the most rewarding experiencies. There are some tips to take into account. Teachers should speak slower and more clearly, use higher pitch and exaggerated intonation, lots of repetition and give positive responses to their utterances. Businnes English/ESP: teaching can take place as one to one lessons, in-company groups or in school group. The ages can range from 2os to mid-5os. They often come tired to classes so their attendance is sometimes sporadic. Some of them will be motivated while others will not. A need analysis should be carried out in order to find out their strengths, weaknesses and interest's to prepare future lessons. The multilingual class: students do not face the same language problems but they have English in common, so the teacher can take advantage of it. The monolingual class: students do face the same language problems. As their background is similar, the teacher can identify the topics that would be of interest to them.