Teaching is one of the noblest professions in the world. To become a teacher you must have a good sense of understanding in order to analyze what the students want and provide what they need. TEFL, or Teaching English as a Foreign Language, deals with the same challenges and responsibilities that regular teachers deal with on a daily basis.
While you may have been trained for a whole month by Pro TEFL on how you can effectively teach the English language to non-speakers, it takes way beyond stock knowledge and training to become a successful teacher.
A good teacher will understand that students learn differently from each other. In fact, their individual styles of learning can be classified into 8 categories.
- There are students that effectively learn through seeing pictures, diagrams, images and even sentences on the board. These tools make the most impact to visual students and because of this you would need to effectively provide visuals during your class.
- These students learn the most by way of hearing. They are exceptional at picking up grammar and vocabulary just by hearing you speak or talk. Songs, films, TV shows and conversations are the tools that make the most impact to them.
- Tactile students rely on touch because they learn by way of feeling and manipulating. They would need physical and tangible examples of the things you are teaching the class.
- Just like Tactile students, kinaesthetic students rely on touch and a lot of physical stimuli for them to learn the best. Movement is the key to their learning. You will be able to effectively teach them when they’re walking around, dancing, playing and just being physically active.
- Analytic students think very logically and linearly and therefore they would need clear explanations and step-by-step instructions.
- The opposite of analytic learners, global learners are great at picking up the bigger picture and are very good at grasping concepts. However, they often struggle with grammar rules and basic language rules.
- These learners need to be with a lot of people because that is how they learn most effectively.
- These learners are better on their own and need solitary or quiet work time.
Know that students could be one or a combination of these 8 learning styles.