language is commonly referred to as a ‘world language’. It is the official language of 54 countries and many international organizations such as the United Nations.
According to “english
as a global language” by David Crystal:
is now the language most widely taught as a foreign language- in over 100 countries, such as china
, Russia, Germany, spain
- and in most of these countries it is emerging as the chief foreign language to be encountered in schools, often displacing another language in the process.”
There is therefore a high demand for english teacher
s around the world, and it continues to grow as globalization continues to advance.
s are aimed at helping english teacher
s, experienced and inexperienced, to have a better grasp of all aspects of teaching. These courses are concerned with not only the teaching of the language in terms of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, but also how to deal with students of different levels.
s give the teacher
the confidence needed to engage students of various backgrounds and levels and teach english
to them effectively according to their different needs and aims. When I first started teaching english
, I had no previous teaching experience and I had never taken a tefl course
. There were many things I had to learn by trial and error. Many times, I didn’t know how to explain certain grammatical structures and I became flustered and embarrassed because it seemed like I couldn’t explain my own language. I realised that just because english
is your native language, it doesn’t mean that you can teach it. This tesol course
helped to improve my teaching skills and it taught me so many things about the english
language in terms of teaching it the best way possible. It also gave me the confidence to deal with any situation in teaching english
Planning is essential in having a successful class in that you are prepared for different situations which may occur. Through this course, I have learned how important it is to create a lesson plan in order to ensure that classes go smoothly and cover the areas I want to deal with. It taught me how to structure my lessons based on an ESA teaching plan which helps to engage the students, teach them the necessary information, and help them to practice using what they have learned. In addition, tefl course
s give teacher
s many good ideas and suggestions in making classes interesting and how to make lessons as effective as possible.
I believe it is essential for those who are teaching english
as a foreign language to take a tefl course
. In many situations, a tefl certification
is necessary in obtaining teaching jobs. Once a person has a tefl certification
, his/her level of competency in the teaching of english
is automatically seen as higher than that of someone who does not possess this qualification.
s help people to teach english
in the most effective way possible by implementing various techniques and approaches for each student. They help teacher
s to not only focus on teaching the language, but also to firstly determine the student’s level and needs. After this, the teacher
is better able to plan classes and execute the lesson successfully.
The tefl course
has an emphasis on improving pedagogical knowledge and skills, and classroom management. It has the capacity to infuse confidence in the teacher
, and should be pursued by any person who is serious about teaching english
as a foreign language. It ultimately helps improve the quality of english
that is produced by non-native speakers around the world.
Having done this course, I can see the clear benefits of taking a tefl course
and I am ready to employ the skills and knowledge I have acquired in teaching english
the best way possible.
Crystal, D. (2003). english
as a Global Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press