My teaching approach
Joseph Tran´s TEFL Approach
The main role of a teacher is to pass on knowledge in a positive way that facilitates learning and understanding of the information taught.
It is beacuse of this that a teacher must have many great qualities in order to get the best results in regards to students aquiring subject information.
These qualities include;
-A level head
-A positive attitude
-Desire to teach
-Confidence in themselves and the students
-Being a good listener
-Fairness and equality
-Good sense of humour
The integral skills required for a teacher include:
-Competence in the field of knowledge taught
-Preparation and Lesson Planning
-Acurate test setting
-Grading Fairly and treating each student equally
-Communicating with all parties involved
-Researching new material
PPP= Personality, Preparation and Punctuality
All of the above mentioned is essential to becoming a great TEFL teacher.
Teaching English as a foreign language in class can be a very rewarding experience for both the teacher and students.
There are many teaching methods and forms of input that can be used to get great results in the classroom when teaching English. Interactive learning is the best way of acquiring new knowledge of grammar and vocabulary for communicating using the language taught in class. This interactive learning can be implemented in many ways through various activities such as card games (labels/situation games), debates, competition games, physical games, discussions, surveys, group activities etc.
Each activity can be custom tailored to create the optimum learning opportunities for the students needs.
There are believed to be three learning modalities, they are: visual, auditory and tactile (kinesthetic). It is because of the learning modalities and students different levels of English that the teacher needs to be prepared and plan a class that provides optimum learning opportunities.
Personal Teaching Approach
The first thing to consider when teaching new students is knowing what level the students are at.
You can test a student with a series of well thought out questions to determine the level of English. Use of different vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar correctness and fluency are indications of what level each student would be. This is very important to know because it will provide good insight into the students needs and information for creating an appropriate syllabus.
The syllabus of a teaching course would have to be the most important tool in creating the best learning opportunities for the students. This is because a syllabus provides the necessary information in order to achieve each learning goal and objective within the course.
Depending on the reasons for learning and objectives, every class should have a structured lesson plan and be prepared accordingly.
A safe and encouraging environment is essential when teaching and learning for both the teacher and the students. Learning should be fun and interesting because people are able to acquire information best when enjoying themselves.
I would have to say that the Oxbridge teaching system requirements of at least one Structure, one Vocabulary and one Topics activity per class is very effective.
If I were to create a syllabus it would be partly modelled on this same system.
My focus would be on developing a series of interesting and fun activities in order to spark and maintain the interest of the students.
Different structures of activities are important because of the different learning modalities of students. It is of utmost importance that each student learns and feels like they are making progress over time.
It is also very important to challenge the students and stimulate their minds through various learning styles. These styles include:
Positive interaction is integral to optimum learning a second language (L2) in the classroom. Getting the students to speak and converse in the L2 is a great way to enforce what is learned in each activity. The amount of discussion and output will depend on the level of English of the students.
Low level learners will need very well structured and precise Teacher Talking Time (TTT) because of their dependency on the new target information for progression. Visual and Interactive input will also be very useful in low level learning to build a greater vocabulary and a base for teaching structure and grammar.
Higher level students would benefit from more Student Talking Time (STT). The introduction of new target language is done through the reading of authentic texts and situational activities. This approach is aimed to encourage more discussions and debates, through this the students are given a chance to use their available knowledge to interact in L2 which is very important to acquiring new information. As the students Are given more freedom to express themselves through L2, the teacher is given more chances to correct grammar and structure inconsistencies on the spot. With greater understanding of vocabulary, target language becomes easier to introduce because of existing knowledge of concepts and language.
Some ways of teaching students that might have certain learning disabilities might be through repetition activities and actual repetition of those activities a week later to reinforce the target language and concepts. Another way to reinforce target language is to encourage learning outside of class by giving the students 'missions' to be done during their normal day. An example of this would be asking someone for directions to the train station (even if they already knew the way), the point of the exercise is to build confidence in speaking L2.
The main key to my approach in any case would be learning through fun and interesting activities.
This approach requires research, creativity and prior preparation. The creative use of surroundings, interactive and situational activities would be the perfect environment for optimum learning. I am certain that giving students the confidence and feeling that they are learning target language that is useful will be very effective in their learning process. This confidence and positive attitude to what is learned is at the core of progression in learning a new language.
All aspects of the English language are important when it comes to communicating and further learning. With a better knowledge and understanding of a language, one is able to access new knowledge and information of whichever subject they desire by whatever means they choose. This is in fact one of the ways I myself have learned to grow and acquire new knowledge of the world I live in.
The complete building of language understanding with different fun and interesting approaches is a sure way to a positive learning experience.
It is because of this that I am confident in my approach to teaching the English language with a grammar, structure and vocabulary building syllabus.
It is important to understand that everyone has different learning abilities and learns through one or more of the three learning modalities. The consideration of these factors is essential to creating and implementing a successful learning program for your students.
A teachers job is done well when their students leave class feeling like they have learned something. Each student is unique and deserves the opportunity to learn something every time they come to class. My personal teaching approach is designed with this in mind and is open to improvement as my learning as a teacher evolves.