This is how our TEFL graduates feel they have gained from their course, and how they plan to put into action what they learned:
J.J. - Canada said:
In this course I have gained an understanding of english grammar unlike I had before. I am glad to know about past, present, and future tenses and I find myself applying this knowledge to essays I write in grad school. In the future, when my students use the wrong tense and ask what tense they should be using, I don’t have to ask my co-teacher; I can answer them!
I have also learned about different kinds of games that should be very useful to get younger students involved in lessons (such as Pictionary). Of course, there are plenty of materials for older students (such as difficult gap fill exercises) that I discovered during this course.
Perhaps the most important thing I have learned during this course is the importance of making lesson plans and the different kinds of lesson plans there are. The ESA lesson plan is my favorite because of its simple elegant structure, and because it covers the necessities of a lesson. I believe that Engage, Study, Activate, reflects the way the human brain works. Indeed, being motivated in the engage stage makes us alert for the study phase and the activate stage allows us to practice what we have studied. In this way, the ESA lesson plan is testimony of human psychology at its best!