Language Presentations in the TEFL classroom 4. Student presentations: teacher training in Málaga

At The TEFL Centre in Malaga, we remind our trainee teachers again and again to ask themselves a question:

Am I doing something in the classroom that my TEFL students could be doing’?

If the answer is ‘yes’, then then teacher stands a good chance of missing an opportunity to allow the students to be talking and genuinely indulging in communication.

This is the case for presentations.

Take any of the presentation approaches we have discussed (articles 13 14 and 15), and show an individual or small group of students how you would teach it to the class. Teach them how to teach it. Then ask the student/students to prepare the presentation at home, and deliver it for the next class.

You will be on hand to support, clarify, and explain if needed.

TEFL / TESOL class considerations:

This approach to TEFL classroom presentations has some considerable benefits:

This is a wonderful way of reinforcing self confidence in students and allowing them to take pride in their work.

When the student becomes the teacher, they gain a much deeper understanding of the target language than if they are only the learner.

The responsibility is massively motivating.

The student takes the place of the teacher so can empathise with the teacher’s role and challenges. This can have a beneficial affect on the student – teacher relationship.

The class will probably be more heavily engaged in the class owing to the novelty of the situation and more receptive given that it is one of ‘their own’ that is in the limelight.


Posted on May 16th, 2017


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