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作者:TEFLinChina来源:TEFL网址:http://www.TEFLinChina.com

I wants to be an unique English teacher and I have my own teaching characteristics and teaching ideas.I really want to apply it in my own classroom to make my class full of interesting and make my students enjoy the class.Sometimes, I was confused and wondered are there any interesting class designs ,games or more specialized teaching methods, so that’s why I came TESOL.


At the beginning of the TESOL class, we discussed “what makes a great teacher”,how should teachers talk to students.At this time, I start to think,What kind of teacher am I, what can my students learn in my class, and what impact can I bring to my students.These are simple questions, but I couldn’t answer it immediately.After a short thought, my answer is that good teachers should full of patient and love their students,they should have professional skills,and a good personal style,obviously, my answers are so general.


I was deeply impressed by two sentences, the first one is“A poor teacher complains, an average teacher explains ,a good teacher teaches , a great teacher inspires”. When we are not satisfied with our own teaching class, we sometimes complains that the child's classroom discipline is not good, the child is too naughty, students do not do their homework ,they do not understand what we teach,but now I gradually realized that the clown is me.When we talk about grammar, most of us let children memorize grammar rules, and when we talk about reading, we just emphasize the reading skills,but after these day’s study,I understand the importance of inspiring students.Before the class we should know what they’ve want to learn from us


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Know more about Learning Style Through the TESOL class ,it was the first time I know there are 8 types of learning styles,they are verbal ,visual ,musical,auditory, physical,kinesthetic ,Logical,mathematical,social and combination.Children in a class may have a different learning styles and various of levels of English levels,Therefore, when we are preparing lessons, we need to take into account the characteristics and needs of different children, so it is very necessary to divide students into different groups in class.In the teaching process, through the reward and punishment measures, and maximize the interaction with children, so that different types of children can participate in the class,and each of them will learn a lot during class time.The 8 types of students learning style are as follows:

1.Verbal : prefer using words, both in speech and writing.

2.Visual: prefer using pictures, images, and spacial understanding.

3.Musical/ auditory:prefer using music and sound

4.Physical/ kinesthetic:prefer using body and hands and sense of touch.

5.Logical/ mathematical:prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.

6.Social: prefer learn in group or with others.

7.Solitary:prefer to work alone and use self- study.

8.Combination:Combine these features together.

I think knowing these methods will help me understand my children better and teach them better.At the same time, I can make myself more fully and diversified when preparing lessons


Know more about teacher’s talk to students and arouse the students' interest

Sometimes children do not understand what we say,just because the teacher's instructions in class are not clearly enough. Through the first day's study, I realized the importance of clear instructions. and we have four ways to promote effectively communication.eg:We can use physical movement like gestures,posters,expressions and mime.We should take students current ability into consideration.At the same time,we can use our physical expressions to arose students interest,and we can also change our tones of voice that will be great fun. What’s more, we should give students motivation

Push them to learn.

During the class time,our teach should be simple and logical,We should make more eye contact when we speak and make it easier of grammatical structures.


Maps and Games

Our brains can be divided into two parts: left brain for logic and right brain for creativity.There are 8 types of map they are: bubble map, double bubble map,flow map,multiflow map,circle map,tree map ,Brace map and bridge map.Brain maps can help us to simplify the powerpoint and more knowledge more logically can make students remember things logically and save time after class.

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Words Formation

If we want to teach words, we should pay attention to these five aspects, namely pronunciation, spelling, meaning, usage and writing, among which the first four are the most important.Generally speaking,there are 8 types of word formation.They are :compounding,conversion,clipping,blending,background information,acronyms,onomatopoeia and eponyms.If we teach words in some specific context, such as news, stories, jokes, with context, students will understand and use the words better. In addition, word formation will help children to remember words systematically in a short time, and children will classify them autonomously, they will learn from remembering single words to learning vocabulary groups


Teaching Method

Among the teaching methods, I think there are three most practical ones.They are Total Physical Response,Taskbased Language Teaching ,Task-based Language Teaching and Direct Method.Total Physical Response is the most effective method when we teaching.Teacher just like a guidance,he/she can go around the class and he/she should give students some words(most of them are verbs) such as “jump” or a phrase just like everybody hands up / look at the blackboard and demonstrating an action.

Next,task is not concerned with language form itself, but the meaning of the language.Tasks should be close to the real life to make sure that students can build a connection between real life situation and what they learned from class.It aims at providing opportunities for the learners to master and use both spoken and written language through learning.

As for direct Method it the same as “ the natural method”, with this teaching method, language is learned inductively.If you teach grammar,you won’t be telling students about rules,you should provide them with lots of examples.You’ll let your students find the rules through themselves.

With this process, students can maximize their practicing by using gesturing, acting and interacting. They’re encouraged to talk, and feel confidence about it.So ,it’s pretty important to create a student’s-centered class.

In these four days of learning, I have a further understanding of the four skills of English listening, speaking, reading and writing


Summary

In these days, we have different desk-mates every day, we learn together, grow together, in my class, I will be flexible when arranging seats in class to give children more possibilities. I will arrange different seats in each class to make children full of freshness and expectation for the class.What’s more I have a deeper understanding of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. There are different teaching methods for different skills, which makes me start to think about we should have different teaching methods toward different topic or different level’s of students. These days I made friends with like-minded people who like education. We learned together, shared experience and helped each other. I think this experience is very valuable.Through the TESOL course   four days of study, I began to think about what kind of teacher I want to be and how to create a vivid classroom atmosphere.In a word ,I feel it’s pretty worthwhile and meaningful.I enjoy it very much.

That’s all, thank you !



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