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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:
Teaching a second or a foreign language is not easy. Considering that students may not use it all the time as they resort to their mother tongue, it is very important for the teacher to be motivating and flexible. As a speaker of english, I thought it was easy to teach it to others as long as I know how to communicate, but that was not the case. So I resorted to learning from others, through workshops and seminars. Then, I found out about TESOL.
I took the tesol course
to improve my knowledge in grammar for the reason that I will be teaching higher level students soon. But what did I get? I did not only learn grammar but also a lot of information with regards to managing different level classes, improving teaching receptive and productive skills, how to use lesson materials
at the maximum and most of all evaluate the students' learning progress.
The grammar modules really helped me comprehend different areas of grammar more deeply. Areas that are usually not given attention by the teacher because it might be too difficult for the students or might be boring are made simple, easy to handle and interesting. I like the way the tasks are given specially in lesson planning. It brought out many ideas from me such as the activate stages wherein some of the games that I use to play with my friends were just modified for classroom use to create more fun not getting away from the target language. Reasoning out my answers from the tasks made me have a complete understanding of the topics.
My weakness is being aggressive when teaching since I want my students to learn as much as they can. I tend to give more in a short period of time which in turn confuse the students and find it difficult to remember what I teach. Now that I have learned a very effective method of lesson planning, I allocate time effectively as well as balance between all the skills needed. Writing activities are always given as homework, now I and my students enjoy doing it in the class.
Above all, I learned to be flexible not only to the materials and resources available but also to the students' needs and differences.