Learn and grow more as a teacher with TEFL

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - EDUCATION -

Cur­rently, 2 bil­lion peo­ple are es­ti­mated to be learn­ing English across the globe – span­ning all age groups, re­gions and eco­nomic sta­tus. With the lan­guage of­ten be­ing re­ferred to as the “global lan­guage” and the “in­ter­na­tional lan­guage of busi­ness”, the de­mand for English teach­ers, par­tic­u­larly in ar­eas of Asia and Europe, has never been higher.

Teach­ing English as a For­eign Lan­guage (TEFL) qual­i­fi­ca­tions are fast be­com­ing pop­u­lar with teach­ers.

Whether you want to learn how to teach non-na­tive English speak­ers in the class­room, teach English abroad or teach English on­line – TEFL Org UK offers flex­i­ble on­line, class­room and blended learn­ing cour­ses to suit ev­ery­one. Class­room cour­ses are avail­able in Dundee, Aberdeen and other lo­ca­tions through­out the UK and Ire­land.

Orig­i­nally from Cór­doba in the South of Spain, 26-year-old, María Ortega Blanco gained her TEFL qual­i­fi­ca­tion from TEFL Org UK in 2016. Hav­ing spent some time teach­ing English in China, María has now re­turned to Cor­doba to teach for the in­ter­na­tional com­pany, He­len Doron Early English. We asked María some ques­tions about her TEFL ex­pe­ri­ence.

Why did you de­cide to take a TEFL course?

I had heard about TEFL through my col­leagues, af­ter read­ing on the in­ter­net about the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits of be­ing prop­erly trained in teach­ing English as a for­eign lan­guage, I had no doubt – I had to take a TEFL course.

Despite my ex­pe­ri­ence and be­ing good at deal­ing with young chil­dren, I still found it hard to pre­pare in­ter­est­ing les­sons that did not turn bor­ing for the stu­dents af­ter the first half hour. I thought a TEFL course would help in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the teach­ing field.

Has your teach­ing style evolved since tak­ing the course?

I am 100% sure my style has turned from to­tally teacher-cen­tred to ab­so­lutely stu­dent-based, with ac­tiv­i­ties that not only en­gage and in­volve the stu­dents but also en­cour­age them to use English to ex­press them­selves.

Fur­ther­more, I can see my own evo­lu­tion when it comes to les­son prepa­ra­tion – I have be­come more ef­fi­cient, and I can now re­late con­tent and ac­tiv­i­ties more eas­ily than I could be­fore tak­ing the course.

What ad­vice would you give to any teach­ers con­sid­er­ing com­plet­ing a TEFL qual­i­fi­ca­tion?

Teach­ing is way eas­ier when some­one ex­plains to you how to teach – the course teaches you the best meth­ods for les­son plan­ning and the most ap­pro­pri­ate games and ac­tiv­i­ties ac­cord­ing to the size of the class and the age of stu­dents etc.

Class­room man­age­ment also be­comes eas­ier when you have guide­lines to fol­low. Plus, a good at­mos­phere in the class will al­ways make the les­son go more smoothly. For those who have stud­ied ped­a­gog­ics or a teach­ing diploma, I found it quite help­ful as TEFL works to build on your ex­ist­ing teach­ing knowl­edge.

In my opin­ion, it is de­sir­able, as a teacher, to never stop learn­ing and grow­ing so that you can re­lay this to your stu­dents.

María Ortega Blanco, TEFL teacher.

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