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becoming a successful English language teacher anywhere in the world.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Benefits of Guided Practice Teaching

The Benefits of Guided Practice Teaching

"Promoting Positive Teaching Practices"

You can read a book about teaching English to non-native English speakers.  There are abundant TESOL resources on the Internet that will give you vital knowledge about teaching and learning language.  However, building a solid foundation inthe principles of TESOL comes from putting these principles into practice.  
Taking a TESOL course that provides plenty of real teaching experiences is the best way to prepare yourself for teaching non-native English speakers. 
Previously, we offered a detailed look at how the Experiential Learning Cycle  drives World Learning’s SIT TESOL Certificate Course.  Authentic English language teaching experiences lies at
the heart of the course and drives its focus.

The most reputable TESOL Certificate courses, like SIT's course, provide at least 6 hours of individual classroom teaching to each participant.   Most importantly, each hour is supervised and observed by a qualified trainer.  There are so many benefits to this experiential approach to learning.

Here's why our TESOL Certificate course sets you up for success....

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Essential TESOL Teaching Skills

5 Essential TESOL Teaching Skills

 TESOL Teacher Preparation

Teachers have to be masters of more than just the content.  The way in which we get students to interact with the content and with one another is far more important. Consider those who are experts in something but poor facilitators of that expertise.  I’ll bet you could fill a notebook with examples.

TESOL Trainers gives professional development K-12 and ESLI remember trying to learn how to drive stick from a friend who could do anything with any type of vehicle, he was failed to teach me how to drive a manual car.  He started me off on a hill saying ‘that was how his dad taught him’.  The explanations that he provided were long and in no logical order. Some of the things he told me to pay particular attention I never even practiced.  It was a horribly frustrating experience. 

A few years later, another friend taught me how to drive a motorcycle.  He had been riding bikes since he was five.  He taught me everything I needed to know in one afternoon.  He started me off by just shifting from 1st to 2nd and then to neutral. I must have practiced this step a dozen times.  He showed me tricks and had me practice a bit at a time. He kept asking me how I was feeling, and he kept saying, ‘alright.  Show me.’  It was an empowering experience.

What was the difference in those two experiences?  While the content of both of these experiences was similar, the approach that each teacher took was very different. My motorcycle instructor modeled a number of skills that are critical to effectively teaching non-native English speakers.  

Each one of the following TESOL teaching skills are explored in depth during the SIT TESOL Certificate course that TESOL Trainers offers in Santa Fe, New Mexico.