In search of inspiration or hard-won strategies for improving student learning? A 10-minute video may hold some answers for educators. TED Talks are short, informative, and often eye-opening talks given by leaders in their fields addressing all kinds of challenges. Many TED Talks are given by leading educators, or at least have important messages related to the field of education.
Math, English, science, history: these often represent the core subjects students are taught in grade school. But John McWhorter makes a persuasive argument for adding foreign languages to the list. The linguist and Columbia professor outlines four huge benefits that students — or anyone willing to learn — will reap when they learn a new language. From highlighting the delight in learning a “funny sounding” language to revealing the incredible effects language learning has on warding off certain medical conditions, McWhorter’s TED talk is a powerful reminder of the importance of words, no matter what language they’re spoken in.
Over 10,000 people decide to take a TEFL courses every year, each having their own reasons to do so. Many are looking for a way to finance their travels for a year, others want to profoundly change their lives and careers and some have already been teaching and want to catch up with methodology and work on weak spots. No matter the reasons, taking a TEFL course is commonly described as an “intensive” adventure and as a tutor working on initial teaching training courses, I can confirm that without hesitation. However, there are a few easy hacks to make your life during a TEFL course much easier.
Although it is hard to judge the quality of less well-known TEFL courses, it is comparatively easy to spot the ones that can be instantly dismissed. This article gives you some quick and easy methods to do just that.
By “reasons to avoid a TEFL course”, I most certainly don’t mean to avoid all TEFL training. Any training is better than none, and there are well-known and well-respected courses such as the Cambridge CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL that are available and recognized all over the world. There are, however, plenty of courses that you probably should avoid, especially if you also have the option of taking a more respected one (and most people do).