About two weeks ago, I got the chance to do the 10-hour teaching practice webinar from the TEFL-academy. There are currently no other courses like this one. Due to the current situation, a lot of recent TEFL-graduates can’t start doing the work they want to do – most countries still have travel restrictions in place.
This webinar is such an amazing way to get a bit of teaching experience in and to learn from someone who’s been doing this for years!
What is the webinar about?
The webinar is all about giving new teachers with a level 5 TEFL-certificate (from any provider) teaching experience and practical tips.
What does the schedule look like?
The webinar started with a few minutes on how Zoom works (the platform we used for the webinar). But we quickly moved on to classroom management, where we talked about different ways to deal with kids not paying attention. Both in a real and in an online classroom.
For assignments, we were divided into smaller groups of two or three, which made it a lot easier to get to know the different people in the group.
We talked about what things we used to do at school that the teacher would have to manage. And how we would manage them ourselves. (Things like throwing stuff at the teacher and talking, not paying attention, etc.).
After classroom management, we had a short break and then got started with teaching practice. Throughout the day, we still got some other tips and information (like Teacher Talk Time, grading systems for teachers online, props and backgrounds and different ways to determine what level English people are on).
As this is a teaching practice webinar, most of our time was spent teaching the other students in the group. My throat felt a bit sore at the end of the day – not used to talking that much anymore! We got some information on the type of lesson we were supposed to give, how long the lesson was supposed to be, and what level the students were. This was followed by twenty minutes to actually prepare the lesson.
In total, during this webinar, we had to teach three lessons. Two in a group, one on our own. That was probably the worst one – if you don’t like talking in front of large groups of people. (This is also the number one reason I teach one-on-one online.)
At the end of the day, after we had all taught our final lesson, there was time to ask our tutor questions. This was so useful! The tutor our group got, has been teaching English as a second language for almost 18 years, so there wasn’t a question he didn’t have an answer for.
To participate in this webinar you’ll need a:
- stable internet connection
- Level 5 TEFL-certificate (from any provider)
All in all, this 10-hour teaching webinar is AMAZING. If you have a TEFL-certificate and would like to get some practice in before going out to actually teach, I would definitely recommend it!