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TESOL Videos - TESOL TEFL Reviews - Video Testimonial - Stratton
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.
"A very informative content that displays the clear role of a teacher and a deeper understanding on the learners abilities. I've learned to reflect on myself and be aware of what I need to improve on especially working cross-culturally. My perspective has changed to see the Cambodians through the eyes of a well informed teacher. " "I found Unit 1 extremely useful for the first unit as it outlines all the qualities that a 'good teacher' and a 'good learner' need to be successful. I found the breakdown in 'The role of a teacher' very helpful as it explains each role very clearly and helps you to understand the different characteristics you need to be a good teacher. I have learnt that their is a difference between Adult learners and young learners, which are that Adult learners will generally be more motivated to learn as this has come later on in their lives, where as young learners sometimes learn the language as part of their school lesson. Having said that once young learners begin to learn they absorb the material a lot quicker and ask more questions." This unit provides an overview of teachers, learners, and their complex relationship. From this unit, I have learned that a good teacher possesses a number of important qualities. These include kindness, patience, liveliness, compassion, and knowledge of the subject matter. A good teacher should be adaptable to the different types of learners, which may vary based on age, language level, culture, and educational background. It is important to understand the ways that learners may differ based on these identities and experiences, in order to teach in an appropriate manner. For example, beginner students who have little to no knowledge of English will require more visual teaching than intermediate students who are able to communicate about and understand a wide range of topics. Successful teachers must also understand the varying roles they may play in the classroom and how to utilize a combination of these roles effectively. There will be a time and place for the teacher to play a Manager role, for example, but this role should also be balanced with other roles, such as participant and facilitator, in order to keep students interested, motivated, and active participants in their own learning. In conclusion, this unit addressed the varying factors that affect the relationship between teacher and student as well as how a teacher may adapt their role, lesson, or teaching style to guide their students toward success in learning English as a second language.