Aurelia Colta

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 COMMUNICATION.

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).


2.     Teaching 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 them.


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.



5.     Creating a language acquisition/learning environment rather than a studying one.


6.     Understanding 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.


8.     Having 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.

-         All 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 teaching-learning process.

In conclusion, all a successful teacher needs to offer is Tons of Communication, Lots of Autonomy, Qualitative Output, Respect, and Affection.





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