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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:
As a native english speaker, I learned how to look at english as a foreign language. This included understanding which tense is constructed in which manner and why and how it is used, which are things I took for granted or never fully realized as a native speaker. I used english according to what "sounded correct." I gained a new appreciation for my native language, its importance, and the way it is taught to non-naive speakers.
Through this course I also learned how important it is to be a thoughtful and motivating instructor. My personality, the way I manage my class, and the way I present learning material
have a critical affect on the learners' experience studying the english language. I can either discourage and bore them, or really inspire and motivate them. I saw both these situations occur in my previous experience working as an english language teaching aide in spain
. It was amazing to see how sensitive and responsive students were.
With this new self-awareness and the language teaching skills gained through this course, I plan to continuously develop my teaching style and personality to better serve my students so that they are motivated to learn english, enjoy class, and successfully learn english as a foreign language. Specifically, I will use what I have gained to supplement future teaching opportunities working with Hispanic students in the US and in latin america
. I want to incorporate activities that encourage students to connect with me as the instructor, connect with their peers, and experiment and be creative with the language. I will also make sure to understand and know my students and their skills to adapt the material to their needs and engage their interests through english.