The importance of a tefl certificate
is realized on completion. The tefl certificate
outlines how prepositions, conjunctions, nouns, verbs, and adverbs all function together. Like any language, english
is commonly used unconsciously for communication. There are so many aspects to the english
language you never think of, and so many pieces of grammar you use everyday that never occur to you. The tefl certificate
highlights the building blocks of the language, and makes the user conscious of how one idea is constructed and conveyed. Without this knowledge one couldn't teach the difference between American english
to British english
—let alone cultivate a linguistic understanding among Mandarin speakers. The tefl
program tests the student on the corners of the english
language. The certificate
links the native speaker to their grammatical roots. It makes the language whole.
Along with a healthy review of grammar, the tefl
program also offers
an understanding of what it is like to teach in a classroom; more specifically, a foreign classroom. It forces the student to develop a firm understanding of lesson plan writing, goal setting and patience. With a firm base understanding of grammar, comes the realization that it will take a long time for students to understand, perhaps fluently, the total meaning of what one is trying to say, especially if said idea is more than just a simple sentence. It also helps highlight a cultural bias. As an American completing the certificate
from a European company, a lot of the ideas seemed foreign to me. In Unit 17 an example about clothing vocabulary was illustrated through the use of palace guards. The idea of a palace or guards was not new to me, but it was foreign. Later in the lesson, the student was asked to choose an article that would engage english
language learners. Before then, it never occurred to me how ones national upbringing could influence their ability to learn a language. The tefl certificate
helps outline what it is like to teach in a foreign classroom, and illustrates the cultural bias that should be planned for in every lesson plan.
Furthermore, the tefl
insight to what it is like to be a teacher
. In Unit 10, students were assigned to watch an instructional video on classroom style and etiquette. The video showed two teaching styles, one engaging another restrained. The difference in students reactions was astounding: When the professor smiled and walked around the room, students learned and participated. But, when the professor was low-energy and merely stuck to the lesson plan, the students were unengaged and seemed to criticize the professor. This video highlighted how ones attitude can impact the students. It also illustrated how important it was to truly understand english
grammatical systems. In the unengaged teaching style, one of the students asked a question about a conjunction, and the teacher
couldn't answer. He told the student the words were the same, although everyone seemed to know that was not correct. The confidence in the teacher
immediately drained from the student's faces. This unit directly illustrated the relationship and impact a professor can have on students learning styles. It showed what it was like to teach english
in a foreign country.