TEFL review from Stephanie


This TEFL review is from Stephanie. She is from the United States and recently completed our 120-hour TEFL/TESOL course online. She thought that all the units were very helpful as it definitely provides a comprehensive foundation of teaching English as a foreign language. She had a good time taking the course overall and recommend this course to anyone looking to work in the field of teaching English as a foreign language.

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.

In today?s globalized world, English is the language of choice when it comes to conducting busines.
Moreover, those who speak English, and speak it well, often have a competitive advantage over their business rival.
And those who seek better job opportunities also turn to Business English courses to increase their chances of success in today?s tough job marke.
These Business English students are very different from other ESL learner.
They are highly motivated and will embrace the activities set forth with great enthusiasm, as long as these activities are targeted to help them meet their communication goal.
Speaking activities The best type of speaking activity for students who wish to polish their Business English involves role play.
Place our students in real-life situations and role.

1. The job interview To have students come up with a list of some of the most common job interview question.
These may include any of the following: ?What can you tell me about yourself? ?Why do you want to work for us? ?What were your responsibilities at your last job? ?What is your biggest strength? ?What is your biggest weakness? ?Which skills and abilities do you possess? ?What are your qualifications? ?What motivates you to do a good job? ?Why should we hire you? Ask students to brainstorm possible answers to each of these question.
Remind them of the usual interview strategies, like presenting a weakness that is actually a strengt.
Have students pair up and take turns being interviewer and job applican.
Walk around the classroom to offer assistance as neede.

2. Company rundown For this activity, you'll need to use real-life, original material.
Ask students to bring in brochures, leaflets, or any type of sales literature from their companies, or bring some material yourself (you can print Web pages that clearly list a company?s services and products.
Discuss with students what visitors to the company might want to know, what information they might seek, et.
With the help of the brochures and sales copy, students brainstorm different ways in which to present the company?s services: - We supply quality Web desig.
- We adhere to the industry's highest standards of qualit.
- We provide IT solutions and offer live assistance 24/7. Students take turns playing the roles of visitor and company employe.
You may download the complete procedure for this role play, her.
Writing activities The most successful writing activities for students of Business English, center on email writing, naturally, because it?s the type of writing that most students are expected to handle on a daily basi.
Fortunately, there are several worksheets available at BusyTeache.
org, from sample emails to email writing exercise.
Also, a very useful worksheet to share with students is the one that presents the 32 Most Important Email Etiquette Tip.
Assign email for homework! Reading and vocabulary building Students of Business English need a great deal of vocabulary to feel confident enough to conduct business in Englis.
You can supply them with endless vocabulary lists, but they need to practice these words in contex.
And there?s no better context than the current business events we read about in the newspaper every da.

1. Newspaper or magazine clippings Choose short newspaper or magazine articles, or extract.
Give each student one short article or extract, with 3 or 4 questions they must answe.
Students read and answer the comprehension question.
Students then ask each other: ?Have you heard the latest about ABC Telecom?? And proceed to summarize the new.

2. Wikipedia entries and business blogs There are countless reading resources available on the Internet, from Wikipedia entries to business blog post.
If the texts are too complex or too difficult for our students, we may choose to give them your own simplified versio.
Whatever we choose to have students read, each reading exercise must be accompanied by a series of steps, for a successful learning experienc.
Here?s an example with this Wikipedia entry on the recession (first two paragraphs.
Steps: ?Warm up to introduce the topic: Ask students what they know about an economic recessio.
?Introduce key vocabulary: in this case, contraction, investment spending, employment, inflation, etc? and practice through example.
?Ask students a general question about the text and have them skim the text for the answer: ?What generally causes a recession?? ?Students read the text again to answer more specific question.
Presentation skills Whether they already give presentations or not on a daily basis, it is essential for our students to be prepared to give the.
It's also a great way to practice key vocabular.
In the following example, the teacher introduces the language of charts and graph.
Charts and graphs First go over the differences between a pie chart, bar graph, and line graph, and provide example.
Then introduce the language of charts: increase, decrease, go up, go down, rise, fall, jump, slump, improve, decline, slight, gradual, sharp, dramatic, major, etc?Present students two charts, for example, figures for the first and second quarter, and give them examples: ?There was a gradual increase in sales? or ?Sales increased gradually in the second quarter.
Students practice presenting the information on other charts, which may include market share comparison (Blackberry has captured a greater share of the market, while Palm has lost market share in the second quarter); sales figures; profits; taxes; etc? To provide successful Business English lessons all we have to do is focus on our students? need.
Do they need to write in English? Speak English on the telephone? General business vocabulary or more specific ter ms? If you cater to their needs, you?ll not only be preparing them to face the business world with the right English skills, but also helping them on the road to success!

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