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TESOL Videos - TESOL TEFL Reviews - Video Testimonial - TEFL Video Journal - Week 3
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 this lesson we learned about the qualities that make for an effective teacher and a good learner. Specific roles of tthe effective teacher were detailed and from these I learned about the balance the teacher must walk between controlling the class and leaving room for the students to take responsibility for their own learning. Also discussed were the types of learners there are, the level classifications and possible motivations for becoming a second language learner. We took into consideration cultural differences and age groups of the learner and what methods a teacher might have to employ to keep every student motivated. My biggest take-away here is that lessons should be enjoyable, interesting, varied and useful no matter what age or level and that the best teachers put the students' learning above their own teaching abilities. In this unit I went through good qualities in a teacher and good qualities in a learner, the different roles a teacher adopts, the differences in motivation, experience, and behavior in different age groups of learners, and the language levels. Although at times the information in this unit seemed obvious and unhelpful, all in all it was good to go over to begin teacher training. This unit explained not only the characteristics of a good teacher but also the characteristics of a good learner. The unit explained different teaching techniques and how everything from organizer to monitor can be used in the classroom. I feel that these distinctions were the most helpful part of the unit. Additionally, the classifications of a student from basic proficiency to advanced are essential in helping me to determine which age and level to teach. working on this first unit has opened my mind about important teaching techniques, and how i might approach all types of people depending on age or motivational reasons. learning about the teacher and student possible successes or difficulties was defiantly very helpful because we want the student to have every chance of enjoying themselves and also the teacher getting the best possible positive engagement.