The first thing that comes to mind is, how I learned to make lessons interesting and fun for the students. I think the ESA method is really great! Using icebreaker, warmers, study games, drill work
, feed-back, correction, and communication games and activities in teams, gives such a well-rounded approach to teaching, and a good balance between teacher-oriented presentation and student practice.
I am thankful for the different teaching skills I have been learning now: making lessons lively and tailored to the students’ interest, correcting them, without discouraging them, involving them and motivating them to participate, and giving positive feed-back. Even though study times are very important, when I as the teacher have to present new language, drill, memorize vocabulary, teach new grammar, structure, word usage, or word order, I have to always give them opportunity to practice what they learned, to experiment and use the newly acquired lessons.
I learned that I cannot just follow a course-book, but to use it as a skeleton, and find out what interests the students, and kindle that interest before I can give new input. As much as possible I will try to get to know the students personally, build a rapport and gear my lessons around their needs. Besides presenting new input during study phases, I will encourage the students to look up new words in the dictionary, ask questions, to stay curious and challenged.
I will give them plenty of opportunities to speak and practice and communicate in english.
I realize the importance of making a lesson plan before each lesson, and prepare myself beforehand. Resource books will be a great help for me, to make photocopies, and look up games, in order to enhance the course books and help the students to enjoy the lessons. I will monitor and evaluate their progress regularly and also let them analyze my teaching.