Jim Lacosta
January 17, 2013

English Teaching Course for Instructors

My friend, who also happens to be a teacher, and I went out to have coffee the other day. We talked about many things including the English teaching profession that we both share. I realized that we’ve have already spent years dealing with different kinds of students and learned many things along the way. I found this article and would like to share it with you.

Pre-Course Task: About Teaching | English Language Teaching

http://ashowski.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/pre-course-task-about-your-teaching/As part of the preparation for the course I have been asked to write up my opinion on a number of statements. I have seen these kinds of statements before: they aim to challenge the status quo on many aspects of teaching which teachers have reached several years after their pre-service training. What do you think of my responses? What would be your reaction to these statements?

(1) I used to drill a lot and do lots of controlled practice. Now I get them to practise in a much more relaxed way.

Drilling was born out of the Audio-Lingual method, whose theory of language learning was based on the behaviourist approach to psychology i.e. language was acquired through repetition and reinforcement.

I think drilling is important and I have not abandoned it in my teaching. In my teaching it is largely used for developing more accurate pronunciation, including suprasegmentals, as well as automating adjacency pairs. I have found this particularly useful with Young Learners, especially if the drilling is delivered as a game. Pre-Course Task: About Teaching | English Language Teaching

I also found this article very interesting since it discusses some aspects of each English proficiency test including IELTS. Teachers can take advantage of these tips and can help study and pass the exam.

Tips for Teaching TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS Preparation Courses

http://teach-english-travel-overseas.com/teaching-tips/teaching-toefl-toeic-ielts-preparation-coursesTeaching is both a challenging and rewarding career that many people sacrifice a tremendous amount of their lives in order to help others. One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching is preparing them to take IELTS, TOEIC, and TOEFL preparation courses. Here is a brief breakdown of what to expect with each examination.

The IELTS examination is the International English Language Testing Service. This examination is entry level and is a requirement if the student wants to continue their education in a university in New Zealand, Australia, UK, and Ireland. Various government agencies as well as international corporations recognize the exam as part of their application process. Teachers can expect to feel quite a sense of accomplishment knowing the students being helped with this exam go on to further their education at some of the best universities in the world. The course is both challenging and rewarding for student and teacher. Via teach-english-travel-overseas.com

I’d be glad to know your thoughts and ideas about test preparation course teaching. If you are a student, you can also share your thoughts with me.

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Jim Lacosta

Jim Lacosta has a raging passion for art and spends most of his time painting and sketching landscape and portraits. Aside from feeding his soul through art, he is also adept in teaching English.

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