The Past Tenses - Past Perfect Continuous - Structure and Usages


This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. In this video, we take a look at the past perfect continuous tense. This tense is used to talk about two actions in the past focusing on the fact that one of the two actions had been continuing at another point in the past.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

This unit focuses on the teacher and students' interaction which emphasizes on the role of the teacher for effective teaching. As I watched the two videos, I came to understand the role of an effective teacher. In the first video demonstrations it shows us that the flow of teaching is teacher-centered meaning the teacher is the one who always instructs and provides the answers to the students without considering the characteristics and interests of his students as well as the phase of learning that is taking place in his class. Thus, the students' attitude towards the class is passive since the teacher just keep on discussing the lesson even if the students' don't understand it clearly. Aside from that the phasing of the lesson is taught in a fast manner without considering the students' absorption and understanding of the concepts being taught. Moreover, the teacher shows no interest at all to his students based on his gestures while teaching. On the other hand, the second video demonstration is the vice versa of the first one. This video shows how a teacher well handled his class with respect in which he considers the interest and level of understanding of his learners. Thus, the teacher's attitude in class is appealing. The way the teacher talks, stands, explains, and motivates catches the interest of his learners which I think provides a positive effect. The students' therefore, become active in class and has shown clear understanding about the concept being taught. Aside from that the flow of the lesson is suitable to the level of the learners. Moreover, the teacher's strategies are developmentally appropriate to his students which leads to an effective teaching and learning process. Therefore, it only tells us that the effectiveness of teaching and learning process really lies to the hands of the teachers. That's why we should bear in mind that way we handle our class must be interconnected with the interest and level of understanding of our students in order to promote better learning. Student-centered approach should be practice in teaching our students in order for them to become active in class.

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