Deadly TEFL Sins

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7 Deadly TEFL Sins

We all had that teacher at school who was absolutely dismal: boring, ineffective, nasty… Make sure you don’t turn into him/her while teaching abroad by steering clear of the 7 deadly TEFL sins:

Sin 1: Talking too much

You can speak English, so don’t really need the practice! Your students on the other hand can’t – give them as many opportunities to practice their English as possible and cut down on the dreaded TTT (teacher talking time).

Expert TEFL tutor, James Jenkin, said: “I’d studied languages and I thought I’d be a good teacher because I knew about grammar. I used to stand in the front and lecture. I wish I’d done some worthwhile teacher training before I started – it took me a couple of years to realise that being a good teacher is about helping ‘learners’ get involved and practise with each other to develop their skills.”

Sin 2: Not doing a TEFL course

Imagine getting behind the wheel of a car, having never done a driving lesson before. That’s a bit what stepping in front of a TEFL class without a TEFL certificate is like – you’re very liable to crash into things! Neither you, nor your students will gain much from the experience and you’ll find that it could soon descend into chaos! What’s more, not doing a TEFL course will seriously limit the jobs you can apply for and the amount of cash you can earn.

Sin 3: Disrespecting local customs

Did you know that touching kids’ heads in Buddhist countries, such as Thailand, is massively disrespectful? Suddenly that pat on the head doesn’t seem like such a good idea! Wherever in the world you’re teaching, it’s important to research local customs to make sure you don’t end up upsetting or offending anyone.

Sin 4: Not checking your job conditions

Poring over your contract and checking your job conditions may not sound like the most exciting way to spend an evening, but things like working hours, extra-curricular commitments, holidays, training and the school’s reputation could make or break your experience of teaching abroad. Ignore them at your peril! Get more information about what you should check for here:

Sin 5: Overcorrecting your students

We’ve all had it – the impatient ******* who won’t let you just have a go – they have to step in and take over, and all that happens is you get more and more wound up. That’s how your students feel if you keep correcting them when they’re trying to talk. Just relax and let them have a go – the worse that can happen is they make a mistake, and if it’s totally gobbledygook, just wait until they’ve finished before correcting them. Constant interruptions can really damage learners’ confidence.

Sin 6: Talking too fast

What’s one of the first phrases you learn when you start another language? After you’ve got the hang of ordering beers, it’s almost always ‘Can you speak a little slower please’. It is fiendishly difficult to make sense of a second language when the speaker is talking incredibly fast – make it a little easier for your students by speaking slooowly and clearly, and enunciating every syllable.

Sin 7: Scruffiness

Unlike the healthy mixture of derision and disrespect we have for teachers here in the west, most teachers in other parts of the world have quite a high social standing. As a result, turning up for work looking like you’ve just crawled out of bed is something of a no no – both students and other teachers will think you don’t care about your classes. Much better to make a bit of an effort and get the respect of your students and peers.

What do you think? What’s the deadliest TEFL sin in your book?

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