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TEFL Videos - Theories, Methods & Techniques of Teaching - Nature vs. Nurture
This presentation is going to focus on the theories, methods and techniques of teaching and we're going to start with a quote. This is an interesting quotation because it contains within it a philosophical argument and it's a philosophical argument in the way in which we learn. Basically, this one is saying that the intelligence of their own children comes about due to a natural process. So this one could be said to be due to nature. This is exactly the opposite of this one, which is saying that they're teaching the environment that we create, creates that intelligence. So this one can be said to be due to nurture and this argument 'nature versus nurture' has been going on for thousands of years. These two viewpoints are two ends of a scale, or a continuum if you like, and every teaching methodology that's ever been created has its starting point somewhere on this scale. For example, if a particular methodology has its starting point here, then that would be fifty percent due to nature and fifty percent is due to nurture.
Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.
Unit 20 Troubleshoot, looked at the common problem situations that teachers can have in their classrooms. I agree with the author that it is important to establish a great rapport with the students and set the tone in the beginning of the course. However, it is also very important to know the levels and interest of the students so that the teacher can create suitable lesson plans and meaningful activities. Lastly, this unit provided me with techniques and activities that will help me teach my students when they are having difficulties.