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TEFL Videos - Etiquette Middle East
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.
In this unit we learn about different types of classes and how to teach them. Beginners: These students have no or very little knowledge of English and can be divided into a few groups. Absolute beginners have no English knowledge at all. False beginners were exposed to English before but did not learn much. Adult beginners are motivated to learn because they made the choice for themselves. Young beginners could lack motivation but pick up the language quickly. There are also students who do not know to use the Roman alphabet so they need more attention with reading and writing. Individual students: These are type of private lessons with only one student. This type of teaching is popular with business people who want to learn English. Students are highly motivated, needs can be clearly defined. These classes are less formal and there are less activities possible. Teaching children: Children are very curious and it is very rewarding to teach them and makes them motivated. Attention span of children is low so the teacher has to pay attention to this to make the lessons more interesting, fun and with a lot of activities. Discipline could also be a problem with children. Business English and English for specific purposes: Teaching English for specific purposes could be for example teaching a group of doctors the language they will need for their job. W When teaching business English the skills the students will need would be talking on the telephone, introductions, presentations, business talk. Teaching here can take place one-to-one, in in a company group or a school group. Problem here is the mixed levels which could be in one group and the fact that lessons take place after working hours when the workers are tired. Multilingual groups: These are groups where the students come from different countries. We can usually find these kind of groups in an English speaking country. A big advantage in these groups is that students can not use their native language and will need to speak English to each other to communicate. Monolingual groups: Here classes take place in he student's home country.