How to prepare for a TEFL course
Yesterday we discussed what you can expect from a class-based TEFL course. Some things we went over may have seemed worrying to some of those who are yet to decide whether it's for them.
But don't fret as we have come up with some ways in which you can prepare. Here are some tips that should help you feel better equipped with jumping into a TEFL.
Pick up a grammar book
It may seem obvious, but a lot of people forget to brush up on their grammar skills before embarking on a teaching course. Even if you have a degree in English language there are things that slip the mind. Therefore, it's a great idea to pick up a study guide. But you don't have to pick up a stuffy one that you used in secondary school.
There are loads of assessable, easy-to-understand texts these days that are geared to humans rather than information consuming robot people.
Practice public speaking
If you're a bit shaky when it comes to speaking in front of people, then you may want to get some rehearsing in beforehand. To begin with, why not attempt a few sentences in front of the mirror, before moving on to getting your friends round to perform a short passage of your favourite book or something. As soon as you've done this a few times, you will feel much better about doing in front of strangers.
Dig out your old essays
As we mentioned in the last article, essay writing is an essential part of the course. Some of those taking part may have been to university or familiar with compiling a written assignment. If you haven't conducted an essay since college then it may be a good idea to dig out some old ones to jog your memory. Of course, it is preferable that you grab the ones that were graded highly.
There are also many essay writing tips online that will help you get back into the swing of things, so you really shouldn't have a problem.
The internet is marvellous for those in need of advice. If you do a quick Google you will be able to find blogs and guides that provide the tips of the trade for this wishing to compile a lesson plan. For instance, if you are planning on teaching children you will have to try and make it as fun as possible and use images and fun games to mentally stimulate them.
Of course, you won't have to include these measures if you're intending on teaching high-profile businesspeople. Although, it would be quite amusing to see a 20 suited stock brokers singing 'Now I Know My ABCs'.
Start to learn a new language
It is definitely worth learning the basics of another language, especially one that is spoken in the country that you wish to teach in. Not only will it be useful for communicating with other people when you're away, but you will gain an insight into how languages differ structurally and how to pronounce words from a foreign vernacular. Again, check online for free tips and there are apps you can download which can be a great fun way of learning.
With these tips, you will not have a problem leaping headfirst into a TEFL course. Go forth and get amongst it, friends.