Before coming to do the Text & Talk TEFL Course I was a part-time English Teacher and what I learnt during the last 3 weeks greatly expanded my understanding of teaching.
I love to teach, but I did not know how to prepare & present properly to the class. Since I enjoy teaching, I wanted to build a strong foundation by developing my skills in preparation to becoming a full-time English teacher. It is for this reason that I chose to undertake the Text & Talk’s TEFL course above all the others available.
In the TEFL course, I came to appreciate the importance of communicating effectively, through skills such as adjusting my language to the proficiency level of the students and changing my tone of voice. The TEFL course can also be applied to many jobs outside of teaching since it involves many skills like interpersonal skills, voice projection, and body language.
I think the best part of the course was the practice teaching evaluations, where we were given the opportunity to teach different levels of students from Kindergarten to High School. This really opened my eyes because I had to understand and adapt to the student's different personalities in each class I taught.
The Course Trainers coached me and helped me learn from my mistakes. Even though it was intense, it is better to make mistakes while I am studying than when I am really teaching a class full of students.
The PPP method is such a good foundation for any teacher. It helped me prepare my lessons and materials (visual aids, flashcard, and fillers) for my classes. I was also taught to be flexible since things do not always go as planned in class. Overall, I believe that the TEFL course is very practical and anyone who wants to pursue a career in teaching should take it.
I did not take the course, to get a certificate and to just find a job. I took the course to gain new knowledge that I can take with me and apply it into any situation I find myself in. The part that I valued the most about TEFL course is understanding that I must always be positive in my classes, even the words I choose to say should be on the positive side. For example, I should avoid using the word 'no' and instead find a positive, alternative word. It makes me realize that being a teacher is not the easiest job in the world. To be a teacher is not only about teaching, but it is also being responsible of what you say to your students, especially kids because the way you speak and use words defines the kind of person you are.
As a teacher, you are there to give your students the support and understanding they need. This is what the TEFL course taught me and I am happy to have taken it.
I would just want to say a big thanks to the Trainers and support staff for the most invaluable experience at Text & Talk.