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TEFL Videos - TESOL TEFL Reviews - Video Testimonial - Marina
Marina from Moscow completed the 120-hour TEFL course with ITTT while on maternity leave. In her TEFL review she describes initially feeling apprehensive about studying online, Marina found this to be the best way to study for her in her situation. As a teacher of ten years, Marina did find some of the grammar units easier than expected for her but also found useful tips on teaching different skills. ITTTâ€™s courses do not require trainees to have any previous teaching experience but those who have already been teaching for some time can still learn something new to help them develop their skills as an English teacher.
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 I revised the grammar rules of Past tenses (Past Simple, Past continuous, Past perfect and Past Perfect continuous. The author pointed out the different usage of each tenses and what are the error students make while using these tenses. Other than that there has been list of activities that teacher could use in the activation session. I mostly found the samples of active stage teaching ideas interesting specially the detective game for past continuous tense. Usually students are not really enthusiastic about the grammar so adding fun activities can make learning more enjoyable.Teaching aids provide variation from textbook based lessons and can engage students and reach students with different learning styles. Resources like a blackboard, interactive whiteboard, overhead projectors, dvds, casettes and video cameras give the teacher the chance to engage students with different mediums. It is important to understand how to use each piece of technology and have a contingency plan in the case of malfunction. Visual aids like objects or pictures can convey meaning with few words from the teacher while worksheets provide a good activity for the study part of the lesson.