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Four Factors Make TEFL a Failure in Most Countries

EFL is taught in most countries as a compulsory subject. However, most students in these countries do not show a good English proficiency or ability in using English in daily-life communications. It may mean that there is some kind of failure of TEFL in these countries. The following are four factors that may cause this situation.

1. It is not easy to learn English language.

Words are differently pronounced from one to another even though those which have the same form in writing or spelling. English idioms give another challenge to the learners as each idiom has a new meaning. In addition, there is what is called “English collocations” that learners must be acquainted with in order to speak well. Further in terms of grammatical rules, students are usually faced with some exceptions which must be kept in their minds when using English in communication.

2. There are six English language skills to be mastered.

Students must master six skills to be able to use English language in meaningful communication. These skills are listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar. English language learning success is measured by looking at learner’s ability in these skills. Meaningful practice on all these skills is significant for students to understand and convey the right meaning in real-life situations. These skills are the key components of English language learning so they must be given equal importance in teaching and practice.

3. English language learning is an accumulative process.

English language learning cannot be happened with a magic stick but it is an accumulative process that must take time and effort. It is like building up the stairs. We cannot build the upper stairs without constructing the lower ones or if the lower ones are too weak. This means that students should learn and practice the language continuously and they should have a good memory to remember everything taught and learned beforehand to show success and good results in learning English language. In this case, we can assure again that meaningful and continuous practice is the most important factor that leads students to remember the acquired English language knowledge. In fact, the more learners practice these items, the more they stick in their minds.

4. Teachers may use poor teaching methods and techniques.

Above all, teachers are still considered to be the determination of English language learning success. The methods and techniques they use in the classroom to teach and practice English language must be frequently discussed and reviewed. Moreover, EFL teachers are demanded to design and apply teaching strategies, methods, and techniques which are believed as the best ones putting in their minds the importance of learners’ contribution and participation in the learning process. Learners must take the responsibility and play an important role in their own English language learning.

Besides, students must be encouraged to change their old view that English language learning process is limited to studying certain English lessons in the classroom with the teacher. English language materials should be widely explored and English language learning and practice should occur in every place and at any time. In this case, the role of the teacher comes to be just a facilitator helping students to reach safe and useful resources so that they can learn and practice English language independently and make a success in their proficiency level in English language.


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8 Benefits of Games in TEFL

Language learning is not easy. It takes time and effort. Games can sustain students’ interest and work so they ought to be at the heart of teaching the foreign language. Perhaps they are often used as short warm-up activities or when there is some time left at the end of a lesson, but they should be used at all stages of the lesson, provided that they are suitable and carefully chosen.

There are many benefits of using games in EFL classes. These are seven of them

  1. Games break the usual routine of the language class as they are fun, and children like to play them.
  2. Games motivate and challenge learners as they add variation to a lesson and increase motivation by providing a plausible incentive to use the target language.
  3. Games provide language practice in the various skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading as they create a meaningful context for language use. They also encourage creative and spontaneous use of the language
  4. Games make the foreign language immediately useful to the children as they bring it to life and make the reasons for speaking even to reluctant children.
  5. Games encourage students to interact and communicate with their environment. Through games children experiment, discover, and learn English the way children learn their mother tongue without being aware they are studying; thus, without stress, so they can learn a lot.
  6. Games make classroom students-centered as in the game context, teacher acts only as facilitator while whole class participate and involve in healthy competition. Even shy students can participate positively.
  7. Games reinforce and review language items as they help learners recall material in a pleasant, entertaining way.
  8. Games can focus on grammar communicatively and promote using language structures in real-life situations.

Even if games resulted in noise, they are still worth paying attention to and implementing in the EFL classes since they motivate learners, promote communicative competence, and generate fluency.


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Top 10 Tips for Teaching a Great EFL Lesson

If you want to make a success and teach a great English language lesson, you should consider the following before stepping into the classroom:

  1. Be aware of the aims of teaching English language in the country where you are working and in the educational stage you are working in.
  2. Read the learning outcomes of the whole unit to which the lesson you are teaching belongs.
  3. Read the lesson from student’s book and write the answers of the exercises on both student’s book and workbook.
  4. Get a look at the teacher’s guide to know the guidelines for teaching the lesson.
  5. Be aware of the behavioral objectives that students should be able to achieve at the end of the lesson.
  6. Prepare in writing what steps you will follow and what you will do exactly in teaching the lesson.
  7. Prepare at least one teaching aid (e.g. word & picture cards) to facilitate learning, activate students and attract their attention.
  8. Prepare the the audio files and listen to them beforehand and check the pronunciation of each word in the lesson.
  9. Be aware of the specifications of the exams and prepare related questions to train students.
  10.  Have an assessment sheet to assess students during the lesson.

What else should the teacher do before going ahead to the classroom to teach a lesson? Waiting for more suggestions from you.

 


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