Itchy Feet - English Idioms


The idiom "itchy feet" refers to the need to leave or a feeling of a need to travel, for example: Watching an airplane pass by is giving me itchy feet.

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.

Unit 14 focused on the advantages and disadvantages of course books and the differences between created materials and authentic materials used in teaching English as a foreign language. Course books are either loved or hated by the instructors; nevertheless, according to Unit 14, course books are beneficial as long as they are supplemented with authentic and created materials. The advantage of using course books is that they provide a framework that can be built on to facilitate a specific class. Although some of the material may not be fitting for your specific class, a teacher will find it easier and less time consuming to supplement than to design a syllabus and create materials from scratch. The course book provides a balanced mix of grammar, vocabulary and skills work, which have been tried and tested. Additionally, the teachers? books provide many great ideas for beginning instructors. Some drawbacks to course books are that they may not always fit the specific needs and interest of the students. The exclusive use of the book can become boring and sometimes they may be outdated. Course books can also make teachers a bit lazy in that they may not employ other methods more suitable for engaging the students or they may be less motivated to crate activities and materials which will motivate and interest their students. Whether you feel the course book you use facilitates or hinders your ability to teach, utilizing created and authentic materials is a great way to supplement the course book. Authentic materials are just about anything a native speaker would hear or read, this includes: Newspapers, magazines, brochures, menus, song lyrics, poems, etc.? Unit 14 explains that teachers must be careful to utilize materials carefully so as to not introduce materials to students that are above and beyond their understanding. Created materials are also a great way to supplement the course book as they can be designed for a specific group of students to meet their interests, level, and relevant. Created materials are materials created by the teacher such as, crossword puzzles, word search, role-play games, flashcards and gap fill activities.

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