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This is how our TEFL graduates feel they have gained from their course, and how they plan to put into action what they learned:
The first thing that comes to mind is how little I know or have forgotten about my native language. I may be able to speak and write in english but I've discovered - through completion of the course - that I would have had no idea how to explain to a non native
speaker any of the rules governing the english language. I realize now, that knowing the language is simply not enough to teaching the language. What is required of me, if I am ever to put into action what I have learned, is further study in 'how english works'.
My own language education was always through text books and the workbooks that accompanied them. There really was nothing in the way of games or puzzles or indeed much else that gave the language life and meaning. Even cassettes were few and far between. The TEFL methodology has shown me that learning a new language should be and can be fun. It uses methods that break up an otherwise monotonous hour into smaller manageable packets which include student engagement in enjoyable activities interspersed with more strenuous times of study - something I would never have thought of doing.
Overall the course has given me the confidence to believe that I am capable of teaching english, not only to one or two young people but to older students and in larger numbers as well. The idea of teaching a large class is now a less daunting task than I previously thought.
Finally, I have learned that I really need to work on my creative side and be a lot more imaginative with activities. I have struggled with this area and through filling out the lesson plans have come to realize just how valuable they are in class time.