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TEFL Videos - TESOL TEFL Reviews - Video Testimonial - Tori
Tori is an American living in Japan. Tori took the 120-hour online TEFL course and in this TEFL review, she discusses her experience of teaching English in Japan and studying with ITTT. Teaching English in Japan has challenged Tori to think about the English language in ways she may not have previously considered and by taking the course with ITTT she has been able to better understand ways of explaining things to students in a clear and simple manner.
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.
Teaching receptive skills can be fun and inspire great classroom discussions. Therefore teaching reading and listening is the foundation for writing and speaking, respectively. Actually, the four skills are all mutually supportive. However, teaching receptive skills can be challenging for the reason that it requires a large pool of authentic resources from various sources. If students only encounter language material from one source, their understanding of the English language will be severely limited. So a TEFL teacher's work also includes many hours of outside-of-the-classroom research.The second unit was about teaching and learning. There was a brief introduction of the following learning and behavior theories: maturation theory, constructivism, environmental theory and cognitive development theory. The lesson explained the differences between acquisitioning the first and the second language, and presented some methodologies that can be useful. There was also explanations about the importance of the learning environment and about productive and receptive skills. In the end, the unit taught me what maturation is and how to deal with the different ages of young learners.