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TEFL Videos - TESOL TEFL Reviews - Video Testimonial - Kieu
Former ESL student Kieu recorded this TEFL review after completing her TEFL course online with ITTT. Already an English teacher, Kiue thought taking the course was the best decision of her career. The course gave her the confidence to apply appropriate teaching methods in her classroom.
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 highlights some of the cultural issues that we need to consider when teaching in different regions of the world. There are some general rules that we should keep in mind; 1- It is important to learn as much as possible about the country or region before moving there. 2- When in the country, at work, be conservative in manners, speech and actions. 3- Use the formal greetings of the country until you find that alternatives are not considered inappropriate. 4- Never express political or social opinion unless you are certain that your comments will not be misrepresented. 5- Don?t make comments about people from the organization who are not there. Don?t be sarcastic with your students (it may not be understood). When teaching young learners we have to always keep in mind these general rules: For Very young learners (below 4 years of age) - Activities should be constantly varied to take account of shorter attention spans. - Activities should be visual and based around the use of motor facilities, painting, movement, follow the leader, for example. - Verbal instructions should be minimized. - Time has to be built in to your lessons for sleep. - Learning should take place through the medium of play rather than any formal instruction. For Older learners (13 years to 18 years) - Learners at this age feel they are adults and will not appreciate being treated otherwise. - They have a lot of experience they can bring to the classroom, try where ever possible to use it. - They have very clear ideas about likes and dislikes and can be quite pedantic if they consider a topic boring. - Be prepared to justify the usefulness of any topic you ask them to study. - Be aware that students at this age will prefer to be anywhere else other than in a classroom, attempt to bring their outside interests into the classroom.