Teaching Styles Teaching styles can vary depending on
Teaching styles can vary depending on teacher's personality, teacher's ability, student's level, and the dynamics of the classroom. It is important to identify the style or the method that best suits the students' learning. Through this course I have learned many techniques that I can incorporate in my future class. The ESA (Engage, Study, and Activate) method is a great way to introduce new subject to the students. I want to make my class fun and interesting to all students so that they can maximize their learning experience. I want to focus on the Engage stage with fun activities such as games, art, and many activities that encourage the students to participate freely. By starting the lesson with a fun activity can capture students' interest and will help students to remember the content of the lesson. It is also important for the students to study the introduced material so they can use them purposefully. The Activate stage is when students get to actually put the learned materials in use. A role-play activity is an excellent activity for this stage. Through each stage, students can practice English effectively. I would like to add another part to this learning experience. I would designate two or three students to be the evaluator. The evaluators can observe and critic the Activate process and share with the rest of the students. The students can take turn in being the evaluator. I think that by observing other's mistakes and good actions the students can learn from a different perspective.
As a teacher, it is imperative to maintain a positive attitude and set good examples to the students. Students will be more motivated by enthusiastic teacher than those who are not. If the teacher starts the lesson with a dull and monotone voice first thing in the morning, not many students will be motivated to learn. However, if the teacher wakes up the student with fun games as the first activity the students will be more interested even with the rest of the lesson.
I remember lesson 15 of this course where I watched and compared two lessons. Lesson One was boring and not stimulating to students whereas the Lesson Two was interesting and the students enjoyed the lesson. The main difference of these two lessons were the attitude of the teacher and the style of his teaching. The first lesson consisted of the teacher writing down lesson materials on the board and the student had to copy them. He used monotone voice with not much intonation, which made it boring and sleepy. He did not encourage the students to participate actively. The second lesson was different in approaching the subject material. The teacher first encouraged the students to participate by naming the animals. The shy students one by one called out the names of the animal and the more animals they name the more excited that got and into the lesson. The teacher then used the animals to use in (can and can't) lesson. The students formed sentences using the animal and can or can't. For example, 'A bird can fly'. I can tell by watching the DVD that students were grasping the concept of the lesson. They were also enjoying the class as evidenced by their smiling faces. I want to be more like the second teacher. I want to make my class interesting and fun for the students. English is a difficult language to learn. I know because I went through this process as a child. I want to prepare each lesson with fun activities to make students learning process a memorable one. All teachers should always keep in mind that their positive style of teaching will make tremendous different in their students.
ITTT International TEFL Teacher Training Course Book Unit 15 CD Lesson
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