Teach English in Meixi Zhen - Yongzhou Shi

Do you want to be TEFL or TESOL-certified and teach in Meixi Zhen? Are you interested in teaching English in Yongzhou Shi? Check out ITTT’s online and in-class courses, Become certified to Teach English as a Foreign Language and start teaching English ONLINE or abroad! ITTT offers a wide variety of Online TEFL Courses and a great number of opportunities for English Teachers and for Teachers of English as a Second Language.

Teaching can be a very rewarding career, but with it comes great responsibility. Possessing a high grasp of grammar, teaching theories and techniques, etc. will hold you in good stead, however, there are many other wide-ranging characteristics required to be a great teacher. A great teacher needs to be adaptable as they are not just a teacher, they are a motivator, organiser, entertainer, prompter, corrector and participator to name just a few. It is essential that the teacher can identify when is appropriate to employ each of these roles to elicit the best out of their students. A typical class may involve some or all of the above and will play a large role in the effectiveness of the lesson. A student who is attending class is reliant on you to help them learn a very difficult language and whilst it is imperative to motivate and encourage, it is of equal importance to discipline, correct and assess in a supportive and constructive manner. Often classes may consist of students with varying levels of ability, this can be challenging for both the teacher and students. The teacher must maintain a level of control, to make sure that each member of class is given equal attention, that student’s do not get ‘left behind’ and that they feel comfortable to actively contribute to classroom discussion. In order to do so, the teachers first job must be to establish rapport with the students. Once a teacher has the respect of the student’s it will be easier to inspire their confidence levels and provide further motivation to continue learning. Consideration and maintaining a high level of respect for the student’s culture and interests will also hold you in high esteem. Dealing with students with whom English is not their native language can be difficult, for varied reasons, the level of understanding, reason for attending class, age of the student – as an example; young learners have a shorter attention span and the teacher needs to make sure that classes are fun and interesting while still teaching the children the basic rules and principals. Lesson planning should take into account your student’s level of understanding of the subject being taught, be engaging, challenging and varied and structured to follow the Straight Arrow, Boomerang or Patchwork methodology by using different activities, handouts, or media in the form of movies, newspaper articles or songs. Games are encouraged in both group or pairs. The teacher should not rely on the course handbook provided and simply read verbatim, particularly given the large amount of teaching resources that is widely available and should be substituted where possible to maintain the objective of the proposed lesson. There are general key rules the teacher should be aware of; using clear and concise speech, ensure the students understand what has been asked of them, the amount of time spent speaking and speed which you do so and class seating arrangements, size and legibility of writing on the whiteboard, down to the position of the teacher. Ultimately a teacher can wear many hats and the role the teacher plays in the classroom can control the outcome of the student’s future prospects. A passion for teaching will always shine through, being patient, maintaining a relaxed and controlled manner, simply smiling and being open to the needs of each individual student will be more likely to produce successful students and teachers alike.