A Look Inside the TEFL Classroom Week 3
Study, study, study…
By Melanie Deering (Canadian). Winner of The Suzanne Furstner Foundation Scholarship 2018.
Are you interested in taking a TEFL course and don’t know where to go or what you experience as a TEFL student? Well, you came to the right BLOG as I will give you the ins-and-outs of my personal experience taking the accredited TESOL course in Malaga at TEFL in Spain.
As always it was a busy week on the TESOL course but we had really got stuck into the course syllabus and were starting to feel a lot more comfortable in the classroom. I knew I would have a lot of work to do this week as part 2 of the Learner profile assignment was coming up and we had to revise for our Phonology & Phonetics test.
In the third week we:
- Completed more live teaching practice (and also peer & self-evaluations)
- 75-minute Phonology Test
- Input sessions on: Teaching Writing & Speaking
- Input sessions on: Language Awareness
- 1-2-1 Private English Class (for the Learner Profile Assignment – Part 2)
Learner Profile Assignment:
The Learner Profile is one of my favourite assignments from the Trinity CertTESOL course. For this assignment you are assigned a Spanish student to interview for about an hour. During the interview you question them about their individual English learning needs and find out what they need to improve and focus on. You also give them short tests to check their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
With all of this information gained from the interview you can really start to evaluate what the student needs to be learning to improve their level and reach their goals. This allows you to design a lesson accordingly. Once you have done this you then deliver the private 1-2-1 class to the student (of 60 minutes). This is valuable teaching experience and really helps you decide if private tuition is the TEFL career path for you after the course! This is also the biggest assignment on the Trinity CertTESOL course by far – you will need the whole weekend to complete it!
Interested in taking the Trinity CertTESOL course in Malaga? Check out our course dates here!
The Suzanne Furstner Foundation funds an annual scholarship enabling aspiring TEFL teachers from all the world to take a training course. The Suzanne Furstner Foundation supports language and educational training across the world and was set up in 2006 in memory of Suzanne.
For more information you can visit their website here.