TEFL Techniques: Be Yourself! What makes a good teacher? Think about it… can you remember a particularly good teacher you had at school? Can you remember any that you’d rather forget? OK – hold those thoughts, memories, pictures, words… You KNOW what makes a good teacher.
There are basically two types of initial TEFL training - taking a weekend certificate course plus optional add-on modules or taking a longer intensive 4-week course. After qualifying and gaining at least one year's (preferably two years') experience, you will have the chance to extend your qualifications by taking a diploma course. There are also online TEFL courses, but these are not discussed here.
The Vietnamese take English very seriously. Along with their own language and mathematics, English is accorded the highest priority in primary and secondary schools. Not only is the subject studied in school, but in Hanoi all parents that can afford the fees arrange for their children to receive extra instruction in the evenings and at weekends. Extra lessons taught by the school English teacher are virtually compulsory, as teachers need the opportunity to boost their incomes, but in addition, many parents seek lessons from a native English speaker.
Teaching a class of nine twelve-year-old boys and one girl for more than one hundred lessons spread over a little more than a year was a stimulating and rewarding experience. At first the children seemed to be surprisingly advanced in grammar but they were shy to use English in conversation, speaking reluctantly, hesitantly and quietly. It was decided that the main aim of the classes would be to build confidence in self-expression in ...
As educators I know that any and all caring professionals go above and beyond the call of duty when working with students. Yet for some students no matter how much we push, or how much we reward, or how much we reprimand, or how much we encourage they simply do not respond. There are students out there who do not have the intrinsic motivation to do well nor do they have the push from home demanding they perform. These are the hardest kids to reach. There are of course specific reasons for each student as to why they might not be motivated. Some kids just don't like school, some kids have major issues at home which make school obsolete; and some kids appear to not care when really they are struggling and are too shy to ask for help.
To learn a language (in this case English), you must master different language skills.
To communicate effectively, you need to be able to speak, write, read and listen.
Speaking and writing are productive language skills, this means that you have control over what you are saying or writing and the vocabulary you use.
To do this, you use your active vocabulary. These are the words you know, and more importantly, know how to use in context!
Reading and listening on the other hand, are receptive language skills, this means that you receive information and have no control over it.
However, this does not mean that these two skills are less important than speaking and writing, quite on the contrary, you can use them to build and enlarge both your passive and active vocabulary.
For example, you read a text but did not understand every single word in it. But the overall meaning was clear to you. Thanks to your active vocabulary, you were able to understand the main points of the text and it ...
Jul 4, 2010
Teaching Methodology 7966 Views
In recent years a debate has developed over which approaches to structuring, planning and implementing lessons are more effective. Theorists and practitioners are constantly arguing about how language acquisition takes place and how best to facilitate this. Many approaches and methods have been developed which have had a substantial impact on language teaching.
The students' success in their studies depends upon their motivation. This need or desire to achieve a certain goal can make the difference between success and failure. Motivation can come from two sources from inside and outside the students. Not every one is highly motivated from within, and no one is continuously motivated from within. Fortunately, there is an outside source of motivation.
The paper is about three ways of applying texts in the EFL classroom. They are TAVI, TALO and TASP. The paper's secondary focus is on the use of authentic material. All three ways are presented through three texts by Virginia Woolf.
ESL Discipline and Classroom Management for Children in Environments Where No Punishment Is Allowed
In this article I will define what an "environment where no punishment is allowed" really is, where can this type of environment be found, and why do such environments even exist. Then we can analyze what kind of problems this can present for ESL teachers working with children. And finally I present some guidelines as to what can the teachers do in these situations to minimize or solve discipline issues and maintain a good learning environment. All the information presented in this article is the product personal experience and observation performed by myself in the course of two years. I hope it can be useful to the reader as it was to me.
First things first, "punishment" is a harsh word and often invokes concepts like physical punishment in the mind of the listener. Sadly many parts of the world still use physical punishment as means of instruction. But I believe most proper schools ...
The first 1,000 words of English are the essential basis for simplified teaching material. This article describes the need for a test of these words and the difficulties in making one. It contains two equivalent forms of a test along with instructions on how to use it and how to apply the information gained from it.