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TEFL Videos - TESOL TEFL Reviews - Video Testimonial - Wenming
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.
The unit summarizes the differences between language acquisition and language learning. It gives a broad explanation about language acquisition by giving the research findings. It allows a teacher how to adopt an approach or methodology while designing the syllabus. The unit also gives a brief information about alternatives to the straight arrow lessons. What I like about this Unit was it proved what it alleged in language acquisition and language learning. Unit 2 discussed teaching and learning, focusing largely on two different age groups 5-9 and 9-13. The unit started with a brief overview of the learning and development theories relevant to language acquisition. The second section was extremely helpful and discussed native language and second language acquisition. This section points out a number of very important ideas about language acquisition, for example, language is not a linear process and is best learned through constant use and immersion. When taking these factors into account for young learners, it becomes obvious that total immersion classrooms are very important and that students should be given opportunities to generate language themselves. The next section provided an outlined approach for each age group and was extremely helpful in understanding the different needs of the two groups. In the future, I will most likely be teaching Group 1 (ages 5-9) and this approach suggested using an Engage/Practice structure. Very young learners learn more through unconscious acquisition than through conscious learning so it's important to keep them engaged and practicing language.