In this TESL article, the advantages and disadvantages of L1 use in the English-language classroom will be explored. Suggestions on how to capitalize mother tongue use in an effective and judicious manner will be offered in Part II.
On the topic of language learning, there are many stories of students going abroad for a period of time and returning home fluent in the foreign language. The reason for this dramatic change is often attributed to the fact that the student was completely immersed in the culture and the language, and “nobody spoke my language so I had to learn theirs.” Because of the seemingly huge success, many language schools and teachers all over the world (in English-speaking countries such as Canada, United States, and England, and non-English-speaking countries such as Costa Rica, Thailand, and France) choose to adopt and enforce an English-only policy to recreate that full immersion experience for their students. But does it really make a difference? And what are the benefits and repercussions?
Teaching culture is an integral part of teaching a language. They are intricately woven together. In order to communicate clearly and effectively in any language, learners must have knowledge of the language’s vocabulary, grammar, when and how to use them appropriately (function), and the corresponding body language. Students also need to be able to read and make accurate assumptions about the other person’s meaning by evaluating his/her verbal and non-verbal cues. When one is gauging the appropriateness of language and behaviour, culture must be considered. It would be impossible to explain, for example, how to talk to a potential employer without talking about both the language and its culture.
A good dictionary is very helpful for studying a language. It helps students with meaning, spelling, grammar, and pronunciation. It is a good idea to use a dictionary which shows all aspects of a word so that students can see how the word is used, and which uses the IPA (International Pronunciation Alphabet) to show how the word is pronounced. Always encourage your students to use an English-English dictionary, especially at a pre-intermediate level and above.
2011 has been a great year for ESL teachers. Over 300,000 TESOL graduates are currently teaching English worldwide! Even during the never-ending recession, there are plenty of jobs available and schools are offering better packages than ever.
Stricter requirements for TESOL certification are motivating teachers to take a reputable TESOL course. As a result, ESL teachers are enjoying their career more than ever.
Our graduates know that TESOL is not just about certification. Lesson planning is about being prepared, unleashing your creativity, and becoming better communicators of important life values.
It’s been almost a decade since Coventry House International launched Ontesol and we are proud to see how much we have grown since 2003. Nine years ago it was unthinkable for an online TESOL institute to surpass CELTA in quality. Through hard work and dedication, Ontesol’s 250-hour TESOL Diploma has become one of the most popular courses in Canada and the World.
Ontesol is always looking to offer more than the features required by our accrediting organizations. This year we created more resources, hired more tutors, expanded our free job placement service, and established more partnerships worldwide than ever.
Next year we will continue to push our limits with our trainees, their students, and the whole ESL industry in mind.
Teaching writing skills can be boring because writing is traditionally a lonely, isolated pursuit; however, the ESL writing class offers many opportunities for collaboration whereby both students and the instructor can work together at various stages of the writing process.
Having students work in groups offers many advantages. Group work can increase the amount of practice available to each student and help to individualize instruction. Furthermore, group work can create a more relaxed learning environment and motivate learners by involving them personally. Perhaps most importantly in terms of SLA, group work can facilitate learner interaction, providing learners with access to the linguistic input they need in order to advance their language skills.
It has come to our attention that some graduates are looking at expensive recruitment services in Argentina. This company is charging $1,300 to help teachers find a job for the school year that starts in March 2012.
In order to get a job anywhere in Latin America, you have to go there and apply in person, so we understand how some people think that paying some kind of fee for recruitment service may be justified, but $1,300 is an obscene amount. Reputable recruiters charge the schools for finding qualified teachers and if you are worried about getting a job, $1,300 pays for 3 months of rent in Latin America.
Native-speakers who hold a university degree and a reputable TESOL certificate can easily compete for a position. You just have to consider that the hiring season varies a lot throughout Latin America, so go there when it’s easiest to find a job. If you have any questions, always feel free to contact us.
The Practicum is a very important module for trainees with little or no prior teaching experience, but it comes after the TESOL course for a very good reason: You cannot stand in front of a classroom if you do not know what to do on each stage of the lesson.
During Methodology, the trainee learns about different methods for effective teaching and the structure for delivering a professional lesson. A plan is crucial as each stage of a lesson requires the use of different tools and activities depending on the type of lesson, aims, assumptions, and anticipated problems and solutions. Once you know how to create a professional lesson plan, you can stand in front of a classroom with confidence. In general, the Practicum is not required for an entry-level position, so deciding to complete the Practicum depends on your desire to obtain supervised teaching experience as well as the requirements for jobs and accreditation.
Good TESOL / TEFL / TESL courses are standard across the world. They cover grammar, phonology, and methodology. Some courses include a Practicum module, others offer the option to take it after the TESOL course, and others do not offer this module at all.