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English is the most studied language in the world, so it is no surprise that many native speakers of the language want to start teaching it as a career option. The main issue that can arise is that, although the speaker is fluent in English, they may not know exactly how they are structuring their sentence and communicating with others, as well as not knowing what it means to be a teacher. This is where a TEFL certificate comes in. There are many things that should be learned before teaching English as a foreign language, such as the different grammar structures, materials that should and should not be used, student behavior, and how to manage a classroom. When speaking English, native speakers tend to be able to form grammatically correct sentences without thinking about the actual grammar. Because of this, they may not know exactly what they need to teach students studying English. TEFL courses require teachers in training to understand the basic grammar structures, such as the present, past and future tenses. By studying a little bit of each, they can understand how they are forming sentences and how they can teach their students to speak and write proper English. Teaching English without any materials would take a long time as there would be no structure or way of knowing what should be taught next, so teachers use different teaching materials such as textbooks, worksheets, videos, audio clips and more. What is important to know is how to use each teaching material and when it is appropriate to use each of them. In the TEFL course, you are taught the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of tools, and so you can plan lessons according to what you want to teach and what sources you will use to teach it. This offers teachers a guideline for using materials so that they are optimizing their lessons for the students’ benefit. Student behavior is something that is not easy to understand or deal with. Most native English speakers went to school at some point and so their knowledge on how to deal with problem students comes from their personal experience in the classroom. The issue with this is that some teachers do not deal with disruptive behavior well, and so they are taught the wrong way of dealing with tough situations. TEFL courses provide an outside look from the teacher’s perspective on why students might be behaving certain ways and how you can avoid conflict and create a positive environment in the classroom. Teachers in training are taught various ways to handle trouble students and the ways they should not act when the situation appears. Finally, one of the biggest challenges teachers must face is how to manage a classroom full of students wanting to learn English. This is difficult because students are not taught about teaching in high school or post-secondary school unless they major in education. Teachers need to learn from scratch what it means to be a teacher and how you should teach a class. TEFL courses offer extensive lessons on how you should plan lessons, structure your teaching and how to execute your plan so that your students feel engaged and are learning lots every time they come to class. Without this course, teachers would need to learn on the fly, which could work eventually, but would take a lot more trial and error than if you took a TEFL course. Managing a classroom is not as simple as showing up and talking to students. There is a lot of planning that goes on in the background, and lots of subtle things that need to be taken into consideration, such as students’ level of language, their motivation and energy level, as well as which lessons are working, and which lessons are leaving students confused. This is all addressed in the TEFL course and so it is essential for becoming a teacher. Overall, the TEFL course is about teaching native English speakers how to teach their language to students who grew up using a different language. The course is not simply about having a certificate and being a qualified professional, but to ensure that teachers understand what it means to be a teacher and how they can go about teaching in classrooms. The course does not give you a step by step guide on what you should do every class, but rather it gives you the information you need to create your own style of teaching that suits the needs of the students you have, so that they can learn English in a way that sticks with them and helps them become more fluent every lesson.