In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word acumen. This word refers to a person's ability to make good decisions in a particular field. Suitable synonyms for acumen are shrewdness, sharpness, or cleverness. The word is of Latin origin from acuere (to sharpen).
Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.
This unit covered some possible structures that can be used to teach a language. The teaching formats all include three elements: Engage, Study, and Activate, but they vary in the order those three fundamental pieces. We talked about 'straight arrow,' 'boomerang,' and 'patchwork' lessons. As a new teacher I appreciate the suggestion of a structure with some leeway.I have learned the ESA method proves to be the most effective.
Engage Stage: Focusing on having fun, everybody participating, generating interest.
Study Stage: We teach words, concepts making the students participate, using elicitation, drilling and correct after they finish.
Activate Stage: We encourage creativity and participate with feedback and demonstration.