Our November 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 some of what they said:
- Be wise with time-management, allow yourself some leniency, and do not walk before you’ve learnt to crawl.
- Relax because most of the time, teaching will not go as planned. Flexibility is important when teaching because students may come in late or an activity may take more or less time than you planned, so the ability to adjust the lesson as you go will aid you immensely.
- Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone. Try out different activities when teaching and see what works best for you.
- Take each day as it comes, to make sure you allow yourself enough compassion to maintain focus and to support for your fellow trainees
- Try to avoid just giving 1-hour lectures within your classroom. It’s extremely important to give the CCQs (Concept Checking Question) to students to clarify their understanding of the subject, but also help reduce your TTT (Teacher Talking Time) within the lessons.
- To take in all the knowledge that you can receive.
- Take notes!
- Practice the lesson plans.
- Keep the community close.
- Take every opportunity to rest; Friday evening and Saturday equals no work.
- Not to doubt themselves, yes its tough but the teaching practise itself is the most enjoyable part, and you can have a ton of fun with it.
- Make an effort to get to know your students during the teaching practice, it clearly makes a difference to each student when you just bring up something they mentioned before. When the students like you they are much more engaged which makes life a lot easier.
- Stick to the techniques and approaches taught throughout the course and apply them in your teaching practice.
- Staying ahead of all the work in this program is very important to your success and keeping your sanity.
- Make friends in your class, they will be your biggest support system through the next four weeks, and will provide a lot of enjoyment and laughs, which you will need.
- Stay calm. It is a lot of work, but you can get through it.
- Remember to be flexible – not everything is going to go perfectly, ever.
- Remember that it is ok to not be perfect, that’s the reason why we are here – to be shaped into good teachers.
- If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not learning!
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