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TEFL Videos - TEFL 120-hour Course - Unit 1
Chantelle is taking a 120-hour online TEFL course with tutor support and videos with ITTT. This is the first of her video diary entries outlining her experience taking the course. Chantelle took the online course because it was better for her to study online than to commit to attending an onsite course. In this video she talks about the first unit of the course. Unit 1 deals with teachers and learners discussing what makes good teachers and learners as well as the types of roles teachers perform in class, motivation levels of different types of learners and the different language levels.
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.
The focus of this unit was on the past tense. It gave examples of how to approach teaching this area. It was interesting to note the different patterns and how to apply the rules in order to express exactly what action happened and when. I think the past can be quite complicated to a non-native English speakers as many languages to not have such big differences. I also realized how many irregular verbs there are and would make sure to teach them carefully. I learned that I need to take my time to teach the past tense in order to make sure the students understand how to use it correctly.After taking this lesson, I have started to self-reflect more as I want to be a better teacher. I realised that I should focus more on motivating the students by giving more positive feedbacks. It was also beneficial to learn about the relationship between student age and their behaviour level. In the classes that I am teaching currently, teenage students do seem to be less motivated and are more rebellious. Personally, I think children between the age of 8 and 12 are the easiest to teach as they are more receptive to new things and have less behaviour problem as mentioned in this lesson.