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This is how our TEFL graduates feel they have gained from their course, and how they plan to put into action what they learned:
While there were many things I learned about TEFL, there were some specific areas that were most helpful to me in this course. My degree is in Secondary Education english, which obviously is quite different from teaching english to language learners. At first it was a bit more difficult to create lesson plans that were somewhat dissimilar from the lesson plans I had created for my university classes and teaching. The lesson planning for TEFL makes it clear that the goal is to have students producing the language and demonstrating their mastery in ways that are different than I am used to. The course has helped me to refocus my thinking on how to conduct a lesson for english language learners, such as high student talk time, and what the course goals are. Another area that I found especially beneficial was the information throughout the units regarding adult learners. This is the age group I am hoping to work with when I go abroad, but have had only limited experience in teaching adults. Understanding the unique needs and considerations for adults is vital for a successful classroom. Having realistic goals of adult students, such as understanding that due to work and family they may not have much time outside of the classroom to study or complete homework and projects is key to making the course worth while to students. For this specific issue, I could assign a weekly assignment that was more manageable or assign optional homework or exercises for reinforcement of the lesson. Overall I have been happy with the course and fell more prepared to teach english language learners.