I learned a lot from this tefl course
. I was pleased that it contained a great deal of practical knowledge,
readily useful in the classroom. The areas for which I am specifically most grateful are the introduction
to grammar, the specifics of teaching ESL learners, the recommendations for teaching young leaners
(whom I have never taught), and the information about teaching business english
As an english Literature (and psychology) undergraduate I had freshman composition courses waived
and I am ashamed to say that I learned no grammar. Like many native speakers, I used correct grammar
but couldn’t explain why I chose the language I chose. I appreciated good writing and speaking, but did
not know how to teach someone to speak or write well. I was (and still am) in desperate need of more
grammar knowledge. The course introduced me to grammar and instilled in me the desire to know
more, so that I can teach it to others.
As a Counselor in college/university I taught some courses but I knew that my teaching skills would
not easily transfer to ESL learners unless I obtained more specific knowledge. This course went a
long way to teaching me things I need to know, from describing ESL learners I can expect to teach to
imparting knowledge about how to engage these learners in the learning process, plus information on
encountering problems and providing solutions. I especially appreciated the specific suggestions for
activities that were included throughout the course.
I could never picture myself teaching young learners
; it was never something I aspired to do. I found the
lessons about doing so very interesting, but from a purely theoretical point of view. I still do not think I
would be any good at it, but I feel that I have more tools in my repertoire should it ever be required of
Lastly, I appreciate what the course taught me about teaching business english. I suspect that this is the
area of ESL in which I would like to work
. I like working with adults and enhancing their work skills.
My future plans are to take the Business english course through ITTT
, which I hope to complete by
November, and to take a grammar course online
. By December I plan to be looking for a job
preferably in Oman, teaching english to adults.