Thursday, 29 June 2017

Knowing the Classroom Management Techniques is the Key to Become an Accomplished Teacher

"It took a while for me to figure out that classroom management was really a relationship building skill." Jeremey Wilder ‏
Managing classrooms and at the same time teaching the learners in the classrooms can quite be a difficult task to achieve if the teacher is a newbie and not well trained in conducting classes. New teachers, who are yet to start any kind of teaching or have just started their career in teaching, may find it difficult to manage the learners in the classrooms and at the same time ensure that they are able to utilize the maximum amount of time in the class to their benefit, more so because of their lack of experience in the required field. Classroom management has become an essential element in today’s classrooms, including ESL/EFL ones. Classes comprise of learners from various backgrounds, ethnicity and culture and therefore each one’s behavior is bound to differ from the other. Hence a formal training on Classroom Management will prove to be beneficial for you both as a regular and TEFL teacher, if you intend to have a well accomplished, fulfilling career in teaching and training.

Classroom management training TEFL online courses usually comprise of topics on learning strategies to foster a learning environment in the classroom, the principles of correct learning, what are the roles expected out of a teacher and the students present in the class, the meaning and use of the term ‘discipline’, the techniques that are to be practiced in the classroom to motivate and encourage the learners in classroom participation, managing large groups when the size of the class is big, time management strategies and many other equally important topics.
Classroom management techniques also comprise of identifying disruptive learners in the classroom and dealing with them (i.e. prevent any form of disruption from occurring), handling disruption when they have already occurred, encourage good behavior, if possible make a list of the types of behavioral guide to be followed in the class, and the types of unacceptable behavior that are prohibited and would attract actions and disciplinary practices. Other necessary rules to be included in that guideline may vary from not interrupting when the teacher speaks, clear doubts and queries when the teacher says so, refrain from correcting fellow classmates when they make any mistake, homework policies to be followed, and other rules which the teacher might think to be necessary. Also, handling large groups can really be difficult for teachers hence dividing these groups into smaller groups and then assigning them with tasks. It is necessary for the learners in the class, especially Young learners, feel comfortable for learning in places and situations where they feel safe and not threatened
Lesson planning is another effective strategy to ensure that you as a teacher are able to effectively use your time in the classroom. A typical lesson plan will include both learning from the books or blackboards but also efficacious learning activities that are interesting enough for the learners to participate and engage them in those activities. A well planned lesson plan will not only boost your confidence as a teacher as you go prepared for the class but also help you be on track as the class progresses and refrain you from discussing other things too much that are not related to the subject.
Another key component of classroom management is feeling calm and confident. A new teacher who is just starting out may feel nervous however if the learners sense it then it is not good news for the teacher. Hence whatever you are going thorough, the key is to get yourself together and project a cool and confident teacher to the learners.A teaching practice session in this case will be a great help and will surely provide you with the essential first hand teaching experience before you venture into the real world of teaching.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

TEFL Career Prospective for Aspirants

Are you a fresher fresh out of college and looking to make a career that is both rewarding as well as enriching? Or Are you a working professional, looking for a career change from your monotonous job? Whatever be the case, if you have good communication skills in spoken and written English, have a clear diction, is patient around people, is adaptable in any situation, enjoy interacting with people, have confidence in yourself to conquer the unknown, and want to teach internationally, then a career in ESL/EFL teaching may be your answer and perhaps the best available solution.
ESL/EFL teaching is fast catching up in this age where English is the go-to language for all. As more and more people of various nations are speaking English and are using English as the preferable language of communication, English has easily obtained the status of being the lingua franca, and is hence the preferred mode of communication among all sectors namely trade and business, politics and even for maintaining good interpersonal relationships between countries.Furthermore, due to cordial relations being maintained across borders, domestic companies are increasing their trade boundaries too. In order to ensure that their professional growth and prospective is on the right track, and to carry on business without much hassle, knowing English has become a subject of prime importance because translating languages has an added cost on the companies and nation as a whole whose first language is not English.
Hence ESL/EFL teaching profession has turned out to be lucrative career for many, with the advantage of teaching abroad and the opportunity to travel around various places. However, most countries now only hire trained ESL/EFL teachers because of which a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training certificate has becoming a mandate to search for TEFL opportunities in places of your choice.Nonetheless, those organizations hiring ESL/EFL teacher and have not made a TEFL certification necessary will anyway prefer TEFL certificate holders over their non-TEFL counterparts; if nothing at all, the TEFL holders will at least have better positions with better pay packages in those organizations.
A TEFL graduate is eligible to teach English as a language and also other subjects in English to learners all over the world. The 4 week training course trains and acquaints the candidates the modern and innovative teaching methodologies that will be effective on learners of the 21st Century. They become proficient in teaching learners belonging to different ages, backgrounds, culture, language and ethnicities. The course curriculum included in TEFL generally involves topics on the strategies of planning and preparing lessons, the techniques of effectively delivering it to the learners in the classroom, helping the learners improve their English communication skills with others, classroom management strategies which also includes time management and disaster management and the various use of teaching aids and equipment to make the lessons interesting to the learners, the different approaches to deal with Young Learners and Adult Learners, and many more.
Since most of the training institutes provide these professional TEFL courses in the online mode of learning, hence it will be highly advisable that you opt for a Teaching practice in local schools in your area so that you may be able to practice and implement the newly obtained knowledge and skills.
TEFL graduates are hired in private and international schools, language learning centres and grooming centers, or in voluntary organizations where learners of various age come to learn the language and gain fluency in it.
Earn and at the same time travel to the new and exotic places in the world; gain new experiences in your lifetime and experience the difference!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

TEFL Online Certification Programs

TEFL which stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language is a teacher training program that is applicable for all those teaching aspirants who are interested in a teaching career in foreign countries. TEFL is similar to TESOL which stands for Teaching English to the Speakers of Other Languages. If you are looking forward to having a well-established teaching/training career abroad, then pursuing a TEFL training program will be most suitable for you, as most countries prefer hiring a TEFL trained educator for their educational institutes and language training classes.
TEFL training programs are available in two training modes- online (which spans for a minimum of 3 months for certificate course and increases its duration as one opts for more advanced courses) and in-class (which usually spans for 3-4 weeks of duration). If you are a working professional, whether employed in the Education Sector or in any other profession, and are per-occupied with your work that you do not have the requisite amount of time to dedicate to in-class programs then pursuing an online program will be the apt decision on your part. All the online courses come with constant tutor support throughout.

There are various TEFL online programs that are offered by various teacher training institutes. They are as follows:

Online TEFL Certificate Course this course is the basic level program which is of 120 hours duration and covers acquaintance on topics like modern teaching methodologies, language acquisition skills, language communication skills, classrooms management techniques, etc. this course is primarily for you if you are looking for a short term career in ESL/EFL teaching and are not sure about your career decision right at the moment.
Online TEFL Diploma Course this course spans for 8 months duration period and can be pursued by both new and experienced TEFL educators where they are acquainted with in-depth knowledge on relevant topics to be implemented in the classrooms. The topics include modern teaching approaches, language acquisition skills, language communication skills, classroom management techniques, phonology, grammar, differences between teaching Young Learners and Adult Learners, research topics, etc.
Online TEFL PG Diploma Course this TEFL program is an advanced one and is for duration of 280 hours. This intensive training course provides a thorough knowledge and understanding on latest and modern ESL/EFL teaching approaches and techniques,  language acquisition skills, language communication skills, classroom management techniques, phonology, grammar, need based lesson planning, an in-depth awareness of Young Learners and Adult Learners (Specializations on any one topic), how to handle them and bring out their best in the classrooms, research materials and many more important topics which will enable the candidates get a comprehensive idea of TEFL.
Online International Diploma Course this is a specialized TEFL program for a total duration of 360 hours and covers a wide range of topics like TEFL, Train the Trainer and Education Management. TEFL, as already discussed above, comprises of modern ESL/EFL teaching methodologies useful for teachers aspiring to teach learners in other countries, especially in non-English speaking nations where English is not used as the first language of communication; Train the Trainer involves training sessions for aspiring or new trainers as well as experienced ones who are looking to know the latest tools and techniques used in training professional adults, understand and analyze the needs of the participating professionals and deliver trainings based on those so that they are able to gain the expert skills for which they generally enroll in the training sessions; Education Management comprises of the management of both the human and non-human resources to be used to the utmost so that they yield optimum favorable results.
The above courses are a testimony that there are many choices that a TEFL aspirant is offered with. It is up to you which course will opt for that will suit you and your preference.