I have gained such a large amount of knowledge and information from this tefl certification
. There is so much I did not know, but now I feel more confident in planning lesson plans and knowing the grammar part of this cou.s.
. I learned during the lesson planning, that there are different types of set u.s.
to help the students learn the lesson. I learned that there is the ESA pattern, which is Engage, Study, and Activate. Then there is the Boomerang pattern, which is Engage, Activate 1, Study and Activate 2. Then finally there is the Patchwork pattern which is engage, activate, activate, study, activate, engage, study and activate. I have learned what kinds of activities fall under each stage. In the engage stage, the teacher
needs to come up with activities that will grab the students attention, so they can be eases into the lesson. The engage stage is like a hook. The students need an activity that is short but fun and interesting to hold their attention. The activities need to be simple, where the students are practicing talking freely without the teacher
correcting them at this stage. Then there is the Study stage where students learn new information on vocabulary and grammar. This is the stage where the students practice pronunciation and the teacher
can correct them encouragingly. This is also the stage where they practice vocabulary and grammar with gap-filled worksheets, matching games, hangman or crossword puzzles. This is the stage where the teacher
makes mental notes of what the students are struggling with and give them extra help. It is helpful to put students into pairs during this stage, so the stronger students can help the weaker ones, but not dominate them. Finally there is the activate stage, where students put into practice what they learned during the study stage. This stage is where students use the language freely through role plays, debates, surveys and qu.s.
ionnaires. The students during this stage work in pairs or grou.s.
so they can help each other. This stage needs to have a fun activate activity so students will be motivated and excited to learn. The teacher
does not correct the students until after they are done. Then the teacher
feedback to the students. The teacher
just needs to take notes of what they need help in during the activate activities. I will definitely use these ideas to help plan my lesson plans successfully and sufficiently. I have also learned a lot about the present, past and future tenses. I plan to use these tenses and incorporate them into different lessons, to help the students understand the form and usage. I have learned different classroom management ideas to run a successful and controlled classroom such as: eye contact, gesture, using student’s names, giving instructions, building rapport, maintaining discipline and the importance of pair and group work. I will use the classroom management ideas to create a comfortable and safe environment for my students. I learned that having a variety of skills such as reading, listening, writing and speaking skills on the lesson plans is important to the needs of the students. The students need to practice all four skills to be successful in learning english
. I will use this information to make sure my students are practicing all the skills they need in order to fully comprehend the lessons. Using the different skills will also make the class more fun and interesting. This will motivate the students to learn and not be bored. Using the different skills will help the teacher
identify what the student’s strengths and weaknesses are.