They say that no two snow flakes are the same. Well, the same goes for students. When they arrive in your classroom, they’ll have come from different backgrounds, have different levels of motivation and will each learn in a slightly different way. But don’t fret, It’s easy to be an adaptable teacher when you know how. That’s why i-to-i have compiled some advice on how to adapt to any classroom.
If you’re the kind of person who’s willing to seek out a job in a new country, we’re guessing that you’re willing to adapt. Well, that’s a great start. If there’s an opportunity to enjoy activities with the locals or find out about your new home’s customs – take it. Be willing to take extra classes or travel a little bit further. That flexibility shows your enthusiasm and puts you in your employer’s good books.
Know Your School
Different schools target different types of people, and teaching them will require different skills. Business students will need to learn business terminology and how to write professional emails, while young learners will want classes that are varied and fun. But if you’re in a school with limited resources, you might have to teach without electronic equipment and maybe without a blackboard.
Large or Small
It is common in some countries in Asia that classes can have as many as 100 students. If you have got a large class, then it is important to be able to assess the different ability levels in your class and then use activities that cater for the different levels, and be able to use activities that can keep the whole class engaged. On the other hand, you could be teaching teaching one-on-one to earn some extra money. Then you’ll have to be able to adapt your lessons to cater for their individual needs and ability level.
Understand Your Students
There are lots of different learning styles and everyone has their own preference. You should find out how your students learnt best. Is that through hearing, seeing or doing? Once you have sussed this out, you’ll then be able to create loads of….
After you’ve completed a TEFL course, you’ll have loads of ideas for activities you can use in your very own TEFL classroom to keep your students engaged and enjoying learning English. But having a few lessons plans already created is going to be really useful to you and save you a lot of time. Here are some free lesson plans that you can put to use.
Help Is At Hand!
Don’t stress, because i-to-i offers a range of Specialist TEFL Certificates (included in our 60 Hour, 120 Hour and 140 Hour Combined Courses, as well as the 100 Hour and 120 Hour Online Courses) that will not only prepare you for all of these situations, but also further boost your chances of finding a great TEFL job.
What methods do you use to adapt to different TEFL classrooms?