This is how our TEFL graduates feel they have gained from their course, and how they plan to put into action what they learned:
D.W. – U.S.A. said:
I have learned to consider many more aspects of teaching esl/efl: students need solid preparation techniques from the teacher, considerate observation and always remember to have a fun activity before class starts. When thinking about these three, the most important is preparing. A teacher must make a short but concise lesson plan with good organization. This lesson plan takes into account the level of the students, games played, time used, and possible problems that may and do occur. I currently use the ESA lesson planning for its organization. Secondly, teachers must observe the student’s performances so to adjust the lesson plan, creation of future lessons, and to deal with possible classroom interactional problems. While observing the students, I am using the units on how workbooks should be used; age, gender, and cultural considerations; and the usage of teacher’s aides. Lastly, the game is far more important than I had though initially. The game at the beginning of class is crucial in gaining the attention of the students and preparing them for the lesson. The games in one of the earlier units are very useful for the engage phase. One more thing, Darren’s help with the grammar portions have boasted my confidence in a weak area of mine. I am confident that the grammar units and as well as the clarifications are and will continue to be a great help.