2: Who wants to be a TEFL teacher?

Question – What do you do with a room full of foreign students looking at you expectantly?
Answer – Proceed with your lesson plan, stick to your questions and explain what to do.
Question – What do you do then, when the room full of foreign students say nothing and sit looking at you expressionless?

A: Repeat the question

B: Panic

C: Put your head in your hands

D: Cry

Oh, and you’ve used up all of your lifelines. You can’t phone a friend, the 50-50 is out of the window, and no amount of muffled coughing in the audience will tell you what to do.

I don’t know the answer to the question, but what I do know is that hopefully A will work. If not then you're in for a gradual progression from B to C, and finally, dramatically and quite spectacularly to D.

This week has been hard work, but good fun too:

Monday - I had my first half-hour lesson which went surprisingly well. Although the learners perhaps didn’t learn anything new, they did get a chance to talk and to practice their English fluency. I made it through the lesson without B-Panicking (too much!) C-Putting my head in my hands and/or D-Crying!

Tuesday - Assignment one was handed in on time and unfortunately that meant a late night on Monday! I think my second lesson suffered a bit because of this. I learnt that sequentially going round a group of 16 students with only one person talking at a time is very boring for the other 15!

Wednesday – I had a break from teaching today which was nice. I learnt how to plan a grammar lesson, I have to give one next Tuesday for an hour!

Thursday – I gave a half an hour 'listening' lesson on TEFL teachers abroad. It went quite well as the students could relate to the subject and had a lot of comments to make.

Friday – My lesson today didn’t go quite so well as previous days. I am putting this down to it being the end of the week and the Friday feeling creeping in. (to the students and teacher!)

Three weeks of the course left and I am managing to keep on top of the work and I am starting to actually enjoy the teaching side of it. It is a lot of information to take in at once and at times I find myself swimming in a sea of notes and worksheets, all of which will undoubtedly prove invaluable at some point!

What I have taken from my second week on the CELTA course is the importance and significance of good planning. You need to be sure in your own mind what you are trying to achieve, what you want your lesson to give to those present. This may be learning something new, reviewing themes already learned or just giving the learners a chance to listen to a native English speaker and to practice their own fluency. If you achieve any of these aims then it seems to me you are well on your way!


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