Our February 2023 TEFL course just graduated, and before they departed for the last time, we asked them what advice they would give to the new course attendees.
Here’s what they said:
- Ask questions. Ask for advice, ask for ideas. Ask your peers, people you meet at the library and TRAINERS!
- No matter what, don’t fall into despair! Next time will be better!”
- Challenge yourself, believe in yourself, and don’t stress too much. Teaching a foreign language is a challenging but rewarding experience, and it is important to keep things in perspective.
- Do not be afraid of teaching, as it is through practice that you gain confidence and proficiency.
- Take the time to get to know your students and their interests and needs, as it will enable you to create more engaging and effective lessons.
- Despite the demands of the course, be assured that the information, materials, and practice you receive will prove useful in your future teaching endeavours, and that you will be able to apply what you have learned to real-world teaching situations.
- Are you at the end of week one and feeling totally overwhelmed? Take a breath, it will all make sense in the end. I promise.
- Do not put off your assignments.
- Make mistakes. Don’t try to be perfect, it is simply not possible. Making mistakes is OK, you will get great feedback and it will propel you forward.
- Relax on your first lesson.
- Dive into the class fully and really learn. Enjoy it.
- Channel your creativity as much as you can, adult learners will absolutely love it and you won’t bore the young ones.
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