One thing we can probably all agree on is that the world of English language teaching is fast-paced and changing. That's why it's crucial to keep up to date with the latest teaching methodology, both in the classroom and online.
So, if you trained over three years ago, then no matter what type of course you took (class-based, online, CELTA or Trinity), the teaching methodology you learned could probably use a refresh or top-up. The impact of the COVID pandemic has the capacity to change EFL teaching forever. Therefore, if your course didn't include online English teaching as standard, or if it steered you towards creating “one-size-fits-all” lesson plans, then perhaps it's time to rethink and upskill.
Here's how the post-pandemic TESOL world is changing, and it's doing so in two distinct ways.
Firstly, what was fine for teaching pre-pandemic is soon going to be dated. In the future, we all will need the flexibility of being able to teach English online and in the classroom, because the nature of learning has changed. English students are now familiar with a blended online/classroom approach. Also, pandemics will come around again and therefore online learning is here, in some form, to stay. That’s why all Global English accredited courses now include teaching English online and classroom-based approaches as standard.
Back in the day when I trained, I would walk into my classroom with one lesson plan. It was the same plan for all 30 English language students in my class. I would teach the same way, day in, day out.
Those days are gone and we really shouldn't be teaching that way anymore. That’s because English language teaching is fast catching up to mainstream school teaching, where “every individual learner matters”. It’s the mantra that’s embedded across mainstream curricula in the UK, USA, Canada and most of the West. It's only a matter of time before Asian schools also also begin to see the benefit of this.
So, if your TEFL or TESOL course didn't look at individual learning plans for students, or if it didn't have modules and materials on inclusion, and how we can help learners with conditions like ADHD, autism, dyspraxia, and dyslexia, then it's time for you to re-equip yourself.
In this course, we build on what most standard TEFL courses offer and give you the skills and insights into what employers will want from their English language teachers tomorrow. We will need to be in tune with our learners, what they need, and how they learn. This TESOL Re-equip course will show you how to do that and help future-proof your TESOL career.
Let's face it, if we don't keep growing our knowledge through upskilling, how can we stay in touch with what our English language learners need?
It'll also show you how you can grow in your professional development, test your learners effectively, help them become both good peer and self-assessors, while reflecting on your own teaching practices and setting your own improvement goals.
At Global English TESOL we’ve been training TESOL teachers for over 25 years. We've seen a lot change in that time, but even more over the past three years. This course will help make you a better teacher for tomorrow.
Get on board, get re-skilled and TESOL re-equipped. Your next upskill training programme is here >>
Updated December 2022
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