A lot of non-native people who want to learn English think they need to be acquainted with a lot of grammatical rules, vocabulary and so on before they can start communicating. Other people are scared stiff of making mistakes and as a result avoid speaking. As a TEFL teacher you need to know why making mistakes is in fact a good thing and how you can sky rocket the learning process of the non native learners. A few fundamental tricks can ease the complete practice and even make learning English language fun. No matter what is your reason to teach this new language, the act itself can be demanding for many fresh EFL/ESL teachers. Teaching something new requires a lot of hard work, patience and practice.
Commitment plays a major role while teaching TEFL. It is important that you give your full concentration and commitment to your new agenda of teaching EFL/ESL to the non natives. Along with training in TEFL teaching you need to have a strong reason and stay passionate - this is the mantra to teach EFL/ESL. As a first day agenda of teaching TEFL you can start with the most common words. List out 50 or 100 most frequently used words in the English language. Now ask you non native learners try and frame different sentences around these words. This helps them in picking up appropriate words, phrases and sentences as well as faster and overall language learning. Remember the more you make your learners practise, the more they thin in English. The fake conversations in your TEFL classroom will make the learners better equipped to talk about them in real time scenarios.
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Learners only get involved in the class when they feel interested and the key to this is having fun in class. To teach the new language quickly it is important to enjoy the process. Do not just make the learning a class room exercise, give it a personal touch and make the experience enjoyable. Having fun at the same time as learning TEFL can make the entire exercise seem less monotonous and rigorous. You can perform a play in English language and encourage the learners for participation. There are also a variety of apps and technologies which allow you to create a better understanding. You can also ask your students have an access to a pocket dictionary to help them out in sticky situations. Take audio and video aids in classes, teach through flash cards, play quiz in class - they are great tools for teaching basics of TEFL. One of the basic differences between the languages is the structure. All your teaching tools will be ineffective if you do not make the non native learners practise daily. Imbibe it in your daily class room activities and it’s only when you can submerge your learners in the world of the new language that it becomes as easy as your native language. As a TEFL teacher you need to know that in every case a positive attitude helps win half the battle. During your teaching process you are bound to face adverse situation but you only need to instil the courage in the non natives and take everything in stride.