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Reflections

Author: Jennifer M.

Date: 09-12-2012
After graduation in December 2011, I had a world full of opportunity ahead of me and plenty of items to check off my bucket list. I spent the next couple months working two jobs and trying to figure out where the next chapter was going to lead me. I was deciding between three options: take the GMAT and pursue my MBA, find a career on the Pacific Northwest coast or teach English overseas. If you haven’t figured it out already - I chose the third option. I spent a few weeks reading blogs and researching different opportunities, such as volunteer work or simply taking a spontaneous round-the-world trip. The problem is, all these things cost money - A LOT of money. To make a long story short, ...
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Author: Alejandra A.

Date: 09-12-2012
Two major facts that I remember clearly from my online TEFL course are learning to engage with students at various learning levels. This can also mean tailoring lesson plans to meet specific communities and/or student needs. When you are teaching English as a foreign language you have to remember that it will take time for students to feel comfortable with the material, but you also have to design the lesson plans in a way that will keep them engaged by tapping into their learning styles. Learning styles are the way that students learn. Thus knowing your students’ learning will facilitate the overall educational experience. Another important concept that I learned when teaching En...
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Author: Jessica R.

Date: 09-12-2012
Two aspects of the course that I found most valuable to me were the discussions on error correction and the lessons on various teaching methods. As a student of foreign language, I know that error correction greatly affects student morale and therefore, students’ ability to work and learn effectively. The lessons pertaining to error correction provided me with methods to correct students in a positive and encouraging way. It also explained when error correction is unnecessary and superfluous. Maintaining a comfortable and encouraging classroom is one of my biggest concerns as a teacher so the discussion pertaining to error correction was a topic that I found very influential. I found ...
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Author: Santina M. - Standard

Date: 07-16-2012
Wooohoooooo we’re done!! I can’t believe I am actually saying this as I type! What a surreal feeling! The journey of this course has gone by so fast, and also seems like something I started so long ago as well. I am so happy to have finally finished this course, and have taken this huge weight off my shoulders. This process is half way completed; the next phase is landing a job! First I would like to say how happy I am to have found the TEFL program. Everything has worked out so perfectly from the beginning, and I couldn’t have been any happier how the entire experience took off smooth sailing from the very beginning. I was nervous as to whether or not my random Google search had found...
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Author: Josh W. - Standard

Date: 07-16-2012
I am very glad I made the decision to take this TEFL certification class. Having no previous teaching background, I feel my chances at being successful as an EFL teacher have increased dramatically. I had read that many people go to teach abroad without a TEFL certification. I wonder now how they do it, because I would have known nothing about being a teacher without this course. The greatest skills and experiences I am leaving this course with are class preparation and teaching in front of a group of students. Considering I didn’t even know what a lesson plan was six weeks ago, that I can now write one and understand how the different sections should go together and why makes me feel m...
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