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Troubleshooting TEFL It goes without saying that troubleshooting in the teaching field is a major concern for almost every teacher. In effect, this has an influence on both the learners and the teachers. In most cases, this is regarded to be a bigger concern for new teachers. The reason being that these new teachers come across new groups, which are very crucial. They need to do the first things first by establishing a good rapport. To be more precise, the problems faced by teachers are physically and psychologically challenging. However, there are some possible ways of handling them. In this essay, we are going to look at a few problems and some tips which teachers could apply in order to reduce the stress brought by these issues. One of the main difficulties which a teacher may confront in the classroom is when it comes to handling a large class. There isn’t a specific size for a large class. I believe it depends on the environment. Some teachers may consider the size of 35 students as a large class, while others will not consider it problematic. Some of the problems a teacher may face in this situation are the stupendous effort he or she will have to make. With a class, it is difficult to establish a good rapport between the teacher and the student. This definitely is an enormous problem, especially for the first lessons. As a consequence work at the beginning is not appropriate. Henceforth, the teachers in such classes find it so challenging. They experience a situation where they can’t measure effectiveness. In addition, teaching in a large classroom makes it pretty bothersome to get a satisfactory knowledge of the student’s requirements. Nevertheless, there’re a few remedies to these. Being an ESL teacher for so many years, I have developed some tips to handle these issues. For instance, I always let my students work in small groups of four or five. However, it could go even more depending on the class size. This method has always given a chance for every student to participate and no one feels bored in general. In cases where the class is relatively smaller, I usually go with pair works, and most often I do demonstrations with the students. This alone makes the lesson more exciting. In addition to optimizing your work and the stress that arises in large classes, it is reasonable to give students seats in front of you this could help to spot their needs and difficulties while teaching. Students being unclear about what to do is another common issue faced by teachers. This kind of situation could be very challenging and may demoralize the teacher in one way or the other. For example, you assign the students to do something, but they look confused or go on with the activity in a completely wrong way. However, in order to avoid this scenario, do a lot of clear demonstrations This means you need to do anything to show them exactly what the lesson or instruction is all about. To be more precise if they’re going to learn something like animals, I would start by doing these demonstrations.i will let some learners join me to mime like some animals. After that, I would ask them if they got pets and what they feed their pets. Furthermore, I would ask them what animals they like. This initial part falls under warmers and will help to boost their interest at the beginning of the lesson. Persistence use of the learners’ first language is a common problem faced by teachers in general, especially when teaching a second language. It is very important to encourage students as much as you can to avoid the use of their first language. For example in my classes, what I do every time a student uses their mother tongue is to move closer. Then, try to ask them some ‘’wh’’ or ‘’ do you like ‘’ questions. In most cases, this would intimidate them and make them realize that it was wrong to freely use their first language. Furthermore, I use other measures to prevent this by setting rules. If a student is heard using their mother tongue, he or she is going to face a penalty. These penalties could be another way to achieve or gain more knowledge. One of the most challenging but fun penalties is that I would ask them to sing an English song in front of the class. In some cases, I would ask them to think of any topic and make a brief presentation about it to others. To sum up, all these challenges sound a bit depressing and exhausting but in reality, every job has its challenges. Rather than spending time focusing on these challenges, think of those learners we are serving. Those adorable, enthusiastic, bright-eyed students eager to learn, wanting us to show them, educate them, teach them and love them. Yes, teaching comes with its challenges which we face and surmount every day, but the rewards are far superior to the challenges we endure. We the teachers get to make the world a better place. So let’s keep our chin up and power on. We are amazing.