This Monday, at 3-4pm GMT, I will be hosting a webinar to celebrate the launch of the new TEFL Express TEYL course (Teaching English to Young Learners). If you aren’t sure what a TEYL is, or how our online video courses work, I’ll be talking a little bit about that in this post, but during the webinar I will go into more detail, and you’ll have a number of chances to get your questions answered. Also, during the webinar, I’ll be going through some teaser content to give you a taste of the useful information in the course that can be immediately applicable to your classroom.
Interested in joining? Click here. If you’re still not convinced, here’s why else you should attend.
Why Should I Attend?
First of all, it’s free, so you won’t risk anything by signing up and hanging out with me for an hour online. I promise to make it as fun and entertaining as possible and guarantee that you will come away with at least one thing you can use in your young learner classes. The format of webinars can be somewhat limiting, but I will make it as interactive as possible.
Also, I’ll be giving away loads of prizes. Just by attending, you will receive a discount code that will give you 50% off the TEYL course or discount codes that will give you 25% off of our general TEFL courses. But wait, there’s more (I’ve always wanted to say that)!
There will also be a prize given out to one lucky participant of a 100% discount code. That means the course itself would be free, and you could immediately be on your way to getting a free TEYL Extension certificate. Unlike other courses of this nature, our online course will allow you to work towards this qualification when you want, where you want.
You should also attend as you’ll walk away with some young learner tips that will help in your classes now. More on this later…
What is this party celebrating?
A few months back, I posted a blog about the creation of our TEYL course. Well, a few weeks ago the course was finally ready to unveil to the TEFL teaching world. This party is celebrating the successful launch of the course and is a shameless attempt to start marketing it by giving away high percentage discounts.
If you still aren’t sure what a TEYL is, I’ll break it down to the basics right here. A TEFL (or equivalent) is the essential qualification that teachers need in order to teach English as a second or other language. These courses are usually from 120-150 hours in length and contain the essential information about English teaching. However, as anyone who has finished a TEFL course then started their first class with a room full of five year olds will tell you, it doesn’t really prepare you for teaching children.
This is a major oversight as the bulk of the TEFL market is teaching young learners. A TEYL extension is a 25 hour extension course that focuses on teaching young learners from five years old to teens. It will provide you with both practical and theoretical information that will help you be an effective young learner teacher. Our course, as a video course, contains video observations in each unit to help show you these methods being put into practice.
A Teaser of the Teaser Content
Okay, so the teaser content is going to focus on three common teacher mistakes when teaching young learners. Over the years, I’ve done hundreds of observations of new teachers and many of their mistakes are the same. During the webinar, I will be focusing on three of these mistakes. But now, just because I’m a nice guy, I’m going to give you a teaser of this teaser content by discussing a fourth common mistake!
New YL teachers don’t always think through the interactions of an activity and thereby don’t ensure that the activities will be inclusive. In simpler terms, I mean that during an activity, students should all have a task to perform. This makes an activity more inclusive. Without making activities where everyone has something to do, you risk two things:
- The students getting bored and misbehaving
- The students not getting adequate talking time
Let me give you an example. A teacher has a game to practice vocabulary. There are ten words written in a grid on the whiteboard. The teacher chooses one student to come up and throw a sticky ball at the whiteboard. The student then says the corresponding word that the ball sticks to. What’s wrong with this activity?
Well, while the student that is coming up is likely motivated to play the game and excited to throw the ball, there is a whole classroom full of kids with nothing to do. Some of them might watch what’s going on, but there’s really only one student getting any benefit from the activity at a given time. In a classroom of fifteen students, this activity would take about twenty minutes to get through all of the students and they’d only get a chance to say one word, one time. How could we fix this?
Ok, so using this same example, why not have two students come up at a time? Also, why not elicit a response from the whole class (or one whole team) instead of the student who throws the ball? Here’s how I would run this game.
- Split the class into two teams.
- Nominate one student from each team to come up.
- The nominated students ask a question associated with the lexical group of the day. (e.g. What color is it?)
- The teacher uses a flashcard or other tool to elicit a response from the team.
- The nominated student tries to throw their sticky ball at the corresponding word and gets a point if they hit it.
- Randomly choose the next students (instead of the next student in a row) so that all of the students are paying attention.
With this simple tweak, students will be talking each round and engaged in the activity. It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many new teachers create activities like the first example. During the webinar, I’ll be going through three more of these types of common teacher mistakes. Don’t worry, it’ll be more visual than the above example.
Well, I’ve offered you discounts, free stuff, even insider tips to help you be a better teacher. Again, there’s nothing to lose by attending this thing and I’ll stick to my promise to make it entertaining. You can join by clicking on the link below. I hope to see you there.