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TEFL Videos - TESOL TEFL Reviews - Video Testimonial - TEFL Video Journal - Week 3
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.
"This unit explains the true role of the teacher and student in the classroom and gives a clear understanding of their qualities and responsibilities. I think it is very useful information for not experienced teachers like me. It helped me to look at this profession in other way.I realized that good teachers should use variety of roles in their classes and always motivate the students.Because the students success is the teacher's mastership! " "In this unit, we firstly looked at the qualities of a good teacher. There are many qualities one can list for a good teacher. These qualities can be summed up by saying that a good teacher is someone who \""cares about teaching, but cares about the learning of his/her students more\"". Secondly we looked at the different roles a teacher might have to take on while teaching. These roles include being a manager, organizer, assessor, prompter, participant, tutor, facilitator, model and observer. The role a teacher needs to take on will depend on the class context and what the lesson demands of the teacher at that point in time. Thirdly, we looked at what makes a good student. As with being a good teacher, there are many qualities one can list for being a good student. In my opinion, a desire to learn is the most important. A student who has a desire to learn will always be open to new teaching experiences. Fourthly, we looked at the differences one might encounter between adult learners and younger learners. There are quite a number of differences one might encounter between adult learners and younger learners in areas such as learning experience, motivation or language awareness. For example, adult learners will bring a greater history of learning experiences to the classroom. But, these experiences might also give them a fixed view of how teaching should be carried out. Younger learners are usually more open to new teaching experiences. Fifthly, we looked at different language levels students might be at. Starting with beginners who has no to a very basic understanding of English, all the way to advanced students who have a very good knowledge of English and is studying the language to learn more subtle language items. Lastly, we looked at the motivation of why students might want to learn English. There are many reason a student might be motivated to learn English. These include reasons such as wanting to further their careers or maybe to improve their grades in school."