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TEFL Videos - 3x3 Drilling
This is what one of our TEFL graduates feels he has gained from the course, or a part of it, and how he plans to put into action what he has learned.
This unit covered an important topic that I have been pondering, how do I choose which vocabulary to teach? English has so many words that mean the same thing and also words that have multiple meanings. As my vocabulary is very extensive, it does seem a little overwhelming to break all this down and decide on what is the most important vocabulary. For all English teaching, similarity to Nihongo, similarity to English words already known and spelling and pronounciation is all very important. This unit brought up something I had not thought about much yet, appropriacy. Obviously planning an English lesson for preschoolers is going to be different to adults. But to further this, it is important to teach vocabulary that is going to be of the most use to the students. Age-appropriate comes to mind at the forefront, but there are other considerations. Teaching students (for example) country 'lingo', or farm and animal phrases, may not be the most appropriate or important thing for the student to learn. By measuring the class make up, what the student(s) wish to achieve by learning English, where they plan on taking this English, all comes into account. For the most part, an effective English teacher will determine what is the most important vocabulary to be used, and can look to teaching more infrequently used words later on.