OISE University of Toronto TEFL review, submitted by Nandita.
This is a self-paced course with phenomenal feedback on coursework assignments. The coursework is mainly creating lesson plans, which are an essential feature for planning any English class. As I progressed through the course, my lesson plans began to contain more and more complex information but I was still able to condense something like the Present Perfect into a coherent 60-minute lesson plan.
The main thing this course taught me was to plan every lesson and structure every lesson. As long as you follow these two rules, you significantly avoid teaching a poor lesson and my students do appreciate that I take the time to plan my classes.
I had detailed feedback on all of my lesson plans, together with pointers about where there was room for improvement.
With a universal lesson plan template, you can teach any subject to any class.
You need to buy a good grammar book so when a student tries to test your knowledge you can be ready with an answer. A lot of my students are grammar nerds 🙂 I don’t mind it. As long as they are willing to test me it shows they are being motivated to learn something from me.
I’m guessing that over time, I will rely less and less on my grammar book, but I’ll still keep a hold of it because some of the grammar I’m expected to teach just blows my mind.
OISE does write that you can’t possibly be expected to know all English grammar examples and not to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of different grammar themes.
My advice is to start by learning the time tenses and prepositions and then gradually increase your knowledge in other areas of grammar.
This a great course for anyone about to start a TEFL job!
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