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Dec 19, 2018

TEFL in Argentina. Experience during my Teaching Practice Sessions at Buenos Aires TEFL Course
These are some questions that I have compiled during my teaching practices at my TEFL course in Argentina. You can find the answers to these questions below

How did the class flow?
What was the highlight of the class?
What would you do differently in another class?
What activity/topic did the student enjoy?
How did you follow your lesson plan?
What questions did the student(s) have? Pronunciation/concepts?
How do you feel now?

December 3 rd
Student, Volunteer: Carla
Level: Advanced

I underestimated the time it takes me to do the questionnaire with her. We also used more time for our warm-up than I planned during my TEFL course in Argentina but it was ok since it was a great opportunity to build rapport and hear what she likes and what she does not like.

I planned too many things and I could have dropped at least one text. We only read parts of the second text and then I paraphrased the rest. The text we used in the middle was not very useful, as it did not work as well as I thought with idioms.

We covered some vocabulary and expressions and the idioms worked really well with the second text. Carla was able to express her opinion using idioms. She especially liked “not a spark of decency”. I was first a bit afraid that she would not like the second text, as she said that she does not like talking about politics, but in the end she seemed to be very into it.

She also wanted to practice pronunciation, as she said that she already reads a lot in English and occasionally writes, but she does not have that many options to practice her speaking. In addition we practiced a lot of vocabulary and she was very surprised by the term “blackface”.

I was not able to do my wrap up, but I think it was alright, as we just practiced the idioms in a different context.

I have to say that I really enjoyed this first class and Carla was a wonderful student. I feel a lot more comfortable now during my TEFL course in Argentina and I am less scared. For my next classes I try to have smaller tasks (plus some backup tasks in case that it goes too fast). I also have to focus on managing conversation time better.

December 4 th
Student: Enrique
Level: Intermediate

The overall flow of the class was ok. Enrique talked a lot so I left part of the warm-up out. He kept talking about traveling and I could make the link there to my class. Especially at the beginning I felt it was sort of a fight between us on who gets the saying in this TEFL course in Argentina, teaching session class. After we watched the scene of “Up in the Air” he kept talking about Johannesburg airport instead of my task to talk about the scene using phrasal verbs. I then asked him, what the connection is between Johannesburg airport and the scene we just watched. He then finally started with the task I asked him to do. He struggles a lot with phrasal verbs and I had the feeling that he did not like to show where his weaknesses are. We set up a list of phrasal verbs and he contributed to that and after he saw how the white board filled up with what he said, it got better. When we read the text I prepared he seemed to enjoy it, since he once traveled to India. We wrote down more phrasal verbs from the text which he detected very well and built some new phrases. When he wanted to talk again about his travels in India, I told him that I want him to write this story down, using phrasal verbs which he did. The highlight of the class was the full whiteboard, where he could see what he already knew or what he learnt. I think with him it is very important to have him involved but not too involved. Maybe some games like you have one minute to describe something and try to be as accurate as possible can be useful. As Hannah already told me, he kept mispronouncing the word “hostel”. In addition he struggles with plural nouns “two German” instead of “two Germans”.

I didn’t feel too comfortable teaching him because he tried to take over the class and I sometimes had the feeling he does not accept me as his teacher. I decided to “strictly” follow my TEFL teaching plan, to which he made a side comment of “oh you’re such a hard worker”. After that it got a bit better and I let the last 10-15 minutes open for conversation with him, always keeping the phrasal verbs in mind.

Author: Buenos Aires TEFL