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TEFL Videos - TESOL TEFL Reviews - Video Testimonial - Marlin
This TEFL review video was recorded by Marlin from Sweden. Marlin took ITTT?s 120-hour online TEFL course and highly recommends it to anyone considering becoming an English teacher. One of the most important features of the course for Marlin was that it could be completed 100% online enabling her to fit the course around her busy work and home life.
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 the relationship between students and teachers by learning about the factors that make both a good teacher and student. First, we covered what qualities that make a good teacher. Some of these qualities included: being patient and kind, being motivating, being interesting and engaging, being able to monitor a room, being able to gently correct mistakes and give feedback, as well as being knowledgable in the subject matter. Then we delved into the positions a teacher takes in a classroom. Some positions, such as Manager/Controller require the teacher to be able to command a room whether it is through lecture, or giving direction. Others, such as Organizer, or even Facilitator, require the teacher to be able to assign tasks to students to complete on their own, while knowing when to step in to give direction or help, and when to stay back and be an Observer. Furthermore, a teacher also needs to be an a Tutor and Accessor in order to give individual help and direction to students. Overall, a teacher should be a Role Model, as they may be the only source of native English language a student has. Sometimes a teacher may need to be a Participant on the same level of a student. In these cases, they should not be too domineering. A good teacher effectively fulfills all these roles and maintains a good balance between them. There are also varying levels of students. A teacher should take into account age, culture, level of language, and motivation when it comes to tailoring their teaching styles to the students themselves. For example, there are many key differences between adult and young learners. Adults have a greater attention span and often more motivation because they are there to learn out of their own choosing. However, they may be more difficult to teach because they have preconceived notions of teaching and learning from their past experiences. Young learners, on the other hand, are usually not their of their own will and therefore may need more encouragement and motivation. At the same time, they are more open minded and will learn the language as it is, not based on their own native tongue. Good learners, whether young or adult, should be willing to listen, take correction, challenge themselves, have motivations, ask questions, and be interested in learning. In this unit we learn that there are a multitude of factors that teachers must take into consideration in order to be a good teacher. They should be able to command a room, as well as participate, and they should be able to do this based on what they see is happening in the room. If a teacher has a love of teaching, and genuinely cares about the students, this will be easier to achieve.