Our January 2024 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 some of what they said:
- Have fun! Guiding students on their learning journey should be a fun and rewarding activity for all, so pick activities and topics that are of interest to you.
- Practice truly enjoying engaging with students, because the more you enjoy it, the more they will.
- Consult with the trainers on anything concerning your course or your personal life that has a direct bearing on your performance on the course.
- Be friends with your peers.
- Follow the lesson plan feedback given by the trainers.
- Closely read the demo lesson plans and materials that are provided. If one follows those lesson plans, they will surely have more success.
- Keep the objective of each lesson in mind. For example, in a reading lesson, students need to be given sufficient time to read. In a speaking lesson, the goal is to have them speak as much as possible. Following these objectives will mean that the teacher may feel as though they are doing nothing at many moments in class. This is ok! The teacher should cultivate an environment that inspires learning and that environment does not require that the teacher is involved at all times.
- Expect the best and the worse out of this, the good and the bad is the perfect combo for growth and improvement.
- Try not to worry too much about writing lesson plans, use them as a guide and follow the templates.
- Creativity is great although it is not everything, the main aim is to teach students. If you can not come up with creative activities, use discussions with clear instructions.
- Have fun and enjoy the teaching!
- Don’t expect to have it all mastered when you leave the program.
- Put as much detail into your lessons plans as you can to help you while you are teaching.
- Be patient with yourself and your students.
- Learning and teaching are processes with ups and downs. Celebrate the small victories and learn from the challenges.
- Observe and adapt. Each class and student is unique. What works for one may not work for another. So, be ready to change your plans based on the classroom dynamic.
- Build relationships. Understanding your students’ backgrounds, interests, and learning styles can transform your teaching. Plus, it makes the experience more rewarding for everyone involved.
- Ask lots of questions.
- Be prepared to emerge yourself in a very intensive course, full of emotions.
- Not be so hard headed and take in the feedback the trainers provide you, they’re there to better assist your and help you become successful teachers.
- Enjoy the journey. Although its a very intensive course you’ll meet amazing classmates along the way and create memories you’ll cherish for a long time.
- Organization is key to successfully completing the program as well as staying alert in class for the information.
- Be prepared to think on your feet, because some lessons will not go the way you planned them.
- Even though the course may get stressful, remember why you’re doing it, that you are learning how to help others grow, and that you have the will and desire to achieve it.
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