This is how our TEFL graduates feel they have gained from their course, and how they plan to put into action what they learned:
R.C. - Korea said:
Completing this course has helped me in many ways. As a person with a lot of teaching experience it has been a great opportunity to re-evaluate my teaching style and methods and to learn new ways of doing things. Many of the units including units 3, 11 and 12 touched on important points other than grammar and parts of speech which helped me to integrate things into my lesson plan that can benefit students beyond just memorizing the material. The course also helped me to consider different types of learners when planning every lesson. This is important because I see many of the same students everyday and since they are used to the routine sometimes I forget to focus on individual learning styles. This also helps to keep the class interesting and the students constantly engaged. The course also reminded me of my many resources and that I should use them at every opportunity. This allows for a variety of activities in the classroom as well as a way to link the lesson to real life. Finally, the course definitely helped me to brush up on my grammar and parts of speech. It feels good to have more confidence in myself in the classroom. I think I am already starting to use things I have learned in the classroom. Unit 15 was particularly helpful since my school is integrating a new monthly testing system. I felt that after reading the unit I had a better grasp on what made a good evaluation and the most effective way to help show a student's progress as well as areas where they need to improve. All of the units presented very useful information that I plan to keep and refer back to as I continue to teach in the future.