This is how our TEFL graduates feel they have gained from their course, and how they plan to put into action what they learned:
I have had previous linguistic training, but what this course did for me was help me to create a clear vision of what a truly effective lesson is made of. I feel like all the previously acquired information that was scattered is now more organized into an applicable system. The units on lesson planning were very beneficial. Learning to create actual lesson plans that are practical was invaluable. My personal tendency is to use too much language that can be potentially above students' level and to overcorrect striving for perfection. This course has reminded me that fluency matters more than accuracy, and that it is important to have our students ‘activate' their knowledge at every stage of their learning, even if they don't feel like they have enough language to sound ‘competent'. The unit on methodologies was very informative. Getting more acquainted with the ESA method and repeatedly using it in our lesson plans has helped me to create logically sequenced lessons that have a nice flow and continuity to them. The psychology of teaching and learning is a crucial part of the foreign language acquisition process, and I can say that I have benefited from the materials that encourage teachers to create a welcoming, friendly environment, and to have emotional involvement with their students supporting them and motivating them constantly. Overall, I would say that the course is well-structured and provides the essentials every efl- teacher would need. I have enjoyed taking it as it has certainly enriched my existing knowledge in the area as well as added new important information that will more than likely be useful in my future teaching endeavors.