Learn and grow more as a teacher with TEFL
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.