Why complete a tefl course
Completing a tefl course
can make a teacher more capable and thus confident in their job which both improves a teacher?s prospects of getting a job, performing well and getting better jobs in the future. The teacher?s competency improves in a number of key areas. Perhaps most importantly, especially for native English teachers with no prior English education qualifications, the teacher?s knowledge of the English grammatical system improves vastly. While this knowledge is already possessed in an instinctive fashion by many such teachers, they lack the ability to explain and describe the grammatical system which makes a given piece of English correct or incorrect. Without such capabilities, the teacher will struggle greatly in guiding their students
in producing grammatically correct English.
A second key improvement for TEFL trained teachers is in the area of classroom management. While some of the techniques suggested in the course may seem like common sense, and may well have occurred to the student
, the questions posed to the teacher during the course force more profound thought on such issues than might otherwise be the case. A teacher who has done a tefl course
therefore has a better understanding of how to manage a classroom in such a way as to promote a disciplined, efficient and consequently effective learning environment for pupils.
A non-TEFL trained teacher without experience also usually has no idea of how to plan a lesson in such a way as to make students
learning effective. Teachers who undertake the course will have a far better understanding of how to incorporate effective TEFL methodology within their lessons. They are thus more likely to gain students
attention and lessen their inhibitions at the start of the lesson if they employ an effective engage stage and later on to instigate the crucial area of student
verbal communication if this is followed by an effective study and activate stage. A teacher who has planned well is also more likely to spot problems which they or their students
might encounter and integrate effective learning solutions into the design of the lesson. Furthermore, if the teacher keeps a hold of their lesson plans
and subsequently reflects on the successfulness of these techniques and how they might be improved in the future, lesson planning
can also be a key ingredient in increasing a teacher?s proficiency.
A tefl course
can also be particularly useful for a native speaker
when reflecting on areas of English communication, which they may have taken for granted. A case in point here is some of the intricacies in the English pronunciation and phonology system, such as how certain words are conjoined when spoken or how intonation and stress can be used to change the meaning of the same word or sentence. Again, while perhaps already being subconsciously aware of this, a tefl course
can force a native english speaker
to realise the importance of these factors and think more deeply about how these facets of the English language were used within their own past conversational experiences depending on the nature of the communicative context. This kind of English knowledge is crucial for students
trying to understand how the language is used, and therefore, taking a tefl course
is a vital first step in helping teacher?s realise its importance, and how they might go about teaching it.
In conclusion, knowledge of these factors will instill inexperienced teachers with a far greater degree of certainty as to how they should approach English language teaching, where they might otherwise have been confined largely to a greater amount of trial and error based guess work. This will mean that in the early days of a teacher?s career they will have firm foundations upon which to build and so will spend more time working on improving the finer aspects of their teaching skills rather than trying to work out their basic teaching methodology. Consequently this means that employers are more likely to be satisfied with their initial performance and therefore provide them with good references that may be critical in obtaining quality teaching positions in the future.