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TESOL helps me to be a better teacher

发表时间:2021-10-04 11:19作者:TESOL in China


Ihave been an English teacher in a kindergarten of Guangzhou for four years. Butafter TESOL classes of these days in Beijing, I still learn a lot. Before that,I always think about how to make my class to be much better. Now, I havelearned many teaching methods and ESL games.

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Accordingto a recent survey from United States, the golden age of learning secondlanguage is from birth to seven years old. Children at this agehave good memories. It’s easy to accept and learn a second language. Therefore,early childhood education plays an important role in children’s second languagedevelopment. Before the age of seven, children’s life revolve aroundkindergartens and their own families. A good teacher could help children getbetter education and enjoy the life in the kindergarten.

Tothe begin with, improve myself to be a good teacher. I need to keep learningnew knowledge, not only of my subject. Students can learn English by math,science, art, music and other subjects. All of these subject could further languagedevelopment. And a good teacher can manage a classroom well. Children before six years old need to be encouraged. I have learned fourways of rewards from TESOL class. If they did a good job I will give them somematerial rewards such as stickers, candies and toys. I choose one student aweek to be the “star of this week” in my class. During classes, the student wholistened most carefully will have free homework pass. I will call parents withpositive comments regularly. But if they make trouble out of nothing, orfighting with other kids, I will give him/her a warning at the first time. Ofthe second time, I will let him/her sit on the thinking chair as thepunishment.

Then,the class of a good teacher will not be boring, they need let students be interestedand pay attention in their class. Interest is a good beginning of learningother languages. There are many ESL games have been taught in TESOL classbefore. Those games can give students a chance to learn, practice, or reviewspecific language material. Through good games children also learn how to taketurns, build respect, listen to others and play fairly. I like some of ESLgames very much. The first game is “Two Golden Rules”. Student say or do thesame as the teacher. It’s a good way to let young children repeat vocabularywords, phrases and sentences. Second one is “Hitting Monster”. Every studenthold a card and stand in a circle, then teacher read a word and hit student whoholds that word. That student need to read the word out and squat down. Forexample, I say “tiger”, the student who holds that flashcard need to shout “tiger”out and squat down. If he/she didn’t do that, I will be the monster to hithim/her. It’s a nice game that combine gross motor skill and languagepracticing.


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What’smore, the phonics that is a new teaching topic for me. There are 44 differentphonics. And how to teach students that around five to six years old is animportant part in English study program. For the reading key, teacher will takeour students in seven steps. Step one is Teach Vowel Sound. We need tell thesound of one letter and ask them to repeat and remember that. Step two is StopAt The Vowel Sound. Put a consonant and a vowel together to make a new sound.Step three is Read Words To Class. Teacher will lead children to read the wholeword. From step four to step seven are all about practise to read words. Ifstudents can learn phonics well, they could read the book by themselves. And itis more helpful for the writing and spelling in their future life. They willspell any words from their pronunciations instead of learning by role.

Furthermore,a good teacher should understand the psychological development of children.From the TESOL class, I know every child’s intelligence type is different. Psychologist Howard Gardner identified seven different types ofintelligence. The eighth term, Naturalist, has been added to the list to updateit to the 21st   century. Mathematicallearners have elevated abilities for problems solving. They can work bestthrough classifications and scientific thinking. As this kind of intelligence,I will use ContentCentered teaching method. In this approach, the teaching ofsubjects such as mathematics and science is used to further languagedevelopment. We can the classroom activity of pass the beat by numbers.Everyone says the number from 1 to 6 one by one. Who is order to say number 5,he/she should not say the number but the word in his/her hand. Who forgot tosay the word will be out. Musical learners can work best while listening tomusic, therefore I can use Musical Approach to teach English. Studentscan remember key word and phrases by using rhymes and songs. We can play a gameof “double double this this”. According “double double this this, double doublethat that, double this double that, double double this that”, they need tochange “this and that” to make a new jazz with the same rhythm. For example, wecan change “this” into “apple”, “that” into “pear” and so on. Utilizing bothsides of the brain, it is a great key to learning another language. And we alsocan teach the bodily learners by using Total Physical Response, teachinginterpersonal learners with Communicative Approach. Teachers can use differentteaching methods to teach different learning styles students.


Finally,I think I have learned a lot from the TESOL class. The TESOL class makeeveryone feels equal and happy. Mr. Alex, our teacher is like a friend of us.Sometimes, he talked the experience of him in China about himself. Teaching islike a longdistance race. Alex help us a lot. He always give us confidence tobe a perfect English teacher. He is very kind, and always make the TESOL classfunny. That is why I like to learn this course. And I’ll do the same with mystudents. I would try my best to let them like me, not be afraid of me and makefriends with them. Because respect and understanding are mutual.

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