My teaching approach
“What we learn with pleasure we
never forget” by Alfred Mercier
The goal of this essay is to show the tremendous
positive impact of my studies as a TEFL student on my teaching principles
acquired along my teaching career. I am
definitely convinced that my experience as a teacher has helped me throughout
the course in terms of contrasting, comparing, distinguishing the best
techniques, and of course, evaluating both my failures and achievements, with a
concrete heading of becoming a successful teacher of English.
Along the lines of this essay I will present the
recipe of how to succeed in teaching English and meet the demands and needs of
ESL students. Please take into consideration that I am opened to any teaching
nuances no matter the method, as I am not biased in favor of one teaching method or
another. As long as I am first of all competent in and my students are comfortable
with the methods I use, as long as the students’ feedback is the one I expect,
I will tend to select different teaching strategies from different methods, and
blend them to suit the needs of my students. And the basic and foremost need is
Here are the ingredients:
1. Using English, English and
one more time English and providing in this way useful listening practice from
the very first lesson that prepares the students to
understand the speech of the native speakers of English as they speak naturally
in a normal speed and normal manner. Some of the most useful activities to
improve listening skills are performing actions (“Symon says”) and operations
(Draw a map), solving problems, summarizing information, predicting story
endings, and, of course, questioning and answering routine (QQ).
English through exposure
to interesting, authentic and practical conversations and stories accompanied
by visuals aids such as gestures, facial expressions, actions, real objects,
flashcards, pictures, and charts, especially for S1 students.
3. Focusing on teaching vocabulary through contextualized presentation.
Exemplifying difficult new words using already known vocabulary and giving a
lot of chance to students to use TL in personal examples. Giving ample opportunities to students to
practice English in the class as well as outside the classroom, and offering
them time and freedom to digest, reflect and analyze what has been exposed to
4. Presenting the structure
through an inductive approach, by practice rather than rules, by giving many
examples of the same sentence type, so that the students would understand and
master the structures.
a language acquisition/learning environment rather than a studying one.
the difference between interference and interlanguage and the boundary between
these two transfers, and realizing that both are natural phenomena in learning
English, and that
the key is through intensive practice and communication.
7. Facilitating topic presentation
through socializing conversations with advanced levels, like P4-P5, like
talking about topics of interest.
a syllabus based on a target plan for a careful step by step progression in the material. The chosen teaching material should be
relevant, applicable, and task-orientated.
these indispensable elements plus the diligence of the teacher that consists of
a continuous learning of new teaching techniques and knowledge to adapt them in
different situations; the investigation of the new directions in teaching of
English, debated and demonstrated in the journals; possessing an English speech
and pronunciation as close to the “standard” as possible, or native-like, as my
case - not a native speaker of English; a good command and conscious knowledge
of the grammatical structures of the language and very at home with the
grammar, not terms but in examples in order describe the structures; simple
commands and instructions; sensitiveness
to the background and the needs of the students; a confident and clear
voice, energetic and enthusiastic presence so that the students come alive and
preserve their motivation, all this amalgam represent the key to successful
In conclusion, all a successful teacher
needs to offer is Tons of Communication, Lots of Autonomy, Qualitative Output, Respect,