Many language schools in Turkey have a variety of students from all walks of life. This results in a school with many levels, abilities and needs, all in different classrooms with schedules changing daily. The TESOL certification course I completed with OnTESOL provided me with the skills to generate lesson plans fit for any class size and level.
The Benefits of Teaching at a Language School in Turkey
Although jumping from different class levels is stressful, it’s a great way to learn a variety of teaching styles. In addition, it will help you to understand the importance and benefits of tailor-made lesson plans. Become an efficient, engaged and well-rounded teacher by teaching a variety of ages and levels, including full classes, private lessons and business English lessons. However, with all this in mind, it can nonetheless be difficult sometimes. Here are some tips to help:
Make sure everything goes smoothly by planning ahead and keeping notes. Teaching many classes can often be confusing. Use a notebook to record previous lessons and colour coordinate different classes so that you can teach with confidence. Knowing what and when you are teaching helps you structure the day logically. This also allows you to mentally prepare before stepping into each classroom. Unless the school offers training, enrol in a TESOL certificate course. You will get all the training you need to teach English in Turkey and you can do this quickly from your home computer
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Switching between levels:
Walking out of an advanced class and into an elementary class can be difficult, particularly for conversation classes. It’s important to adapt to the class level quickly. Ask basic questions using grammar structures that were previously taught, so that you can absorb the necessary teaching styles and methods. A few simple questions and games can get the class rolling and the communication at the expected fluency level will start naturally.
Switching between ages:
Language schools in Turkey usually have adult classes and junior classes separated. Teachers are often will expected to teach both. An adult class can be filled with hardworking, enthusiastic students, as are junior classes. However, frequently they require a much more authoritative teaching style. Remember to adapt to the maturity level before entering the classroom. Therefore, you might need to speak louder and keep an eye on disruptive students when teaching a junior class.
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