If you’re heading out on your first ever teaching assignment, we’re here to help! Don’t worry, our TEFL UK courses are extensive and by the time you receive your accredited certificate you’ll know all of the essentials about lesson planning, reading and writing skills, exam teaching, phonetics and just about everything else that comes with teaching TEFL successfully!
Here are a few last minute tips just in case you have the newbie, brain block moment ahead of your first day…
A relatable topic goes a long way in helping students learn with enthusiasm! So here are some fun ideas to build your lesson plans around:
What can you take with you to aid you in the classroom? Perhaps some animal flashcards, a magazine, some photographs? Pictures are a fantastic teaching aid and showing images or videos of objects and places as you teach will help your students to remember and retain the vocabulary more easily.
Use warmers and play games which will help your students to learn without even realising they’re doing so. It's also a great way to break the ice! Remember, the objective is to get your students using English so be aware of teacher / student talk time.
Was there a particular teacher who inspired you when you were at school? What did they do in their lessons that stood out for you and can you apply this to your own teaching skills? It’s also incredibly useful to ask your friends and family about their best learning experiences too. Create a list and see if you can incoporate this feedback into your lesson plans.
Do you know any teachers yourself? Have a chat with them as real life experience goes a long way in the classroom and insider knowledge can help you get off to a flying start.
Your TEFL UK family will be of huge help to you whilst you’re settling into your new environment. If there are other TEFL UK teachers at your school or other local schools in the surrounding areas, get in touch and ask their advice on what they’ve learnt whilst they’ve been in the country. We are a community and we are here to support you!
Get out and explore
You’re suddenly living in a whole new country with different foods, cultures, dress and traditions. On your days off, take the time to explore your surroundings and enjoy all that your new temporary home country has to offer. We’re talking beaches, mountains, galleries, temples, wildlife… all of these new experiences will provide even more inspiration for your lesson plans (and you get to tick them all off your bucket list too!)
It’s OK to be nervous on that first day but we promise you’ll be absolutely fine. Take your time, remember to speak clearly and slowly, don’t panic and just enjoy every single second! Have plenty of games and back up activities ready so you can switch tack if the lesson isn't going according to plan. We can’t wait to hear all about it and see how you’re putting your new TEFL certificate to good use.
Good luck, don’t forget to stay in touch and let us know how it’s going. We’re always happy to provide advice and support even after you’ve arrived in your teaching destination.