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TEFL Videos - TESOL TEFL Reviews - Video Testimonial - Reema
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.
I'm really enjoying the Young Learners course and obtaining so much useful information of it. I should say that I've had some problem moments with this lesson. But hopefully, I've filled all my knowledge gaps and digested all aspects of the theme. So, I'm actually getting curious about the next lesson and its content. "In this Teaching and Learning unit, I learned many various aspects of how children learn based on their age group, as well as the best way to teach these age groups based on various teaching methodologies. A teacher should be aware of language acquisition as a child, both how children acquire their native language and their second language. This is because certain factors from childhood language learning can be replicated for the classroom in order to better facilitate the learning of their second language. For example, to learn their native language children had many factors, such as a role model from which to hear the language, the opportunity and interaction to practice, and a necessity to learn, among others. Taking these factors into account, a teacher should be sure to use the new language in a meaningful context, children should be given the opportunity to solve problems, use the language, and interact with their peers, total immersion is very effective, and the teacher needs to present a need to learn the second language. This makes learning the second language as close to the native language acquisition as possible. The 5-13 age group can be split further into two groups that are roughly similar in their likes and dislikes and their behavior in the classroom. The first group is 5-9, and these students tend to have lower concentration, learn unconsciously, and have low memorization skills. This means that the teacher should change activities frequently, have plenty of physical activities, and make learning in the classroom fun and exciting. The 9-13 age group are more self-conscious and do not like pretending or singing as much as the younger age group, but they have higher concentration, learn more consciously, and higher memorization skills. The teacher needs to adapt their knowledge of the different age group to make teaching more effective. Generally speaking, both age groups should have entirely English based teaching and a very student-centered approach, with speaking and communicative activities being the highest priority. More activities are also needed in comparison with adult learners due to short attention spans in the young learner age group, particularly the 5-9 year old children. Finally, the teacher should be sure to arrange the classroom in a way that is effective for communication with their peers, but does not leave room for cliques to develop either. Also, all students should be able to see the board and the teacher without any problems. Of course, any seating arrangements depends on the activities or lesson planned, and so the teacher needs to adjust accordingly."