The Challenge of Being a TEFL Teacher in a Chinese Kindergarten
Education is one of the most important and complex processes of all humans achievements, especially early childhood education. It requires good attention and hard work. Learning language is one part of those big achievements, once the language is given as a second language for young learners, therefore teaching English as a second language in primary institutions like kindergartens is a great challenge itself as for the students so for the teachers. Building a relationship with the children in the second language without utilizing their mother tongue demands great work. Teaching kids in the kindergarten must be motivating.
This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Safarmo M. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.
Teachers working with children must consider their ability because they are surely different from each other due to their ability and progress. One is slow and another is fast, therefore the classes should be motivated to more activities to build confidence in them. Furthermore, in this essay I am going to talk about important aspect teachers need to enfold when teaching EFL in the kindergarten. I will specifically refer to the advantage of using firstly games and songs and many other activities to grab the student's attention to bring the desire in them to learn the language.
My TEFL Experience
These ideas basis from my 10 years of teaching EFL in the international kindergartens in China. What I have observed through these years among the Chinese kids that the most and vital thing before approaching the classes you have to be aware of the culture and traditions of the children, the people in general. To bring a simple example of greeting children in china it is not acceptable to kiss, pinch or hug the kids whereas in my country it is quite normal. So teachers should be very attentive even to small things not to insult or hurt a child. Once a teacher is given a comfortable atmosphere to the kids, she or he has to focus on teaching the language, trying to approach kids by bringing games, songs and different visual aids for kids using body language to learn fast and much effective.
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To consider it is still quite a challenge for teachers to bring the second language into the class where the kids are still hard in their mother tongue, therefore teachers should have huge impact on children’s learning by providing and encouraging a supportive Discipline in a Language Learning Environment ,that means we should get the kids to get the language, learn and enjoy at the same time.
So if children are interested and involved in what they are doing not just because they have to but because they simply enjoy it, hereby chances are greater to obtain the language. In conclusion, I want to add that as an English teacher working in China I have gained much more experience and faced lots of challenges, at the same time learned the culture and tradition of that people.
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Nevertheless, being a teacher and moreover being an ESL teacher is not an easy task, once just has to be very patient, active, sociable and experienced. The rewards of teaching are pieceless ,once we began to see our children achievement, bringing them closer to their goals cause we are not only the children English teachers but also their first educator,who would lead them to the first step of their future life ,which is mostly depends on what knowledge they gained in the kindergarten ,therefore this small and cute place would always remain in each kids mind as a special gift given by life.
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