TEFL teacher training course notes: Need

In our previous post, we established the concept of communicative language teaching in TEFL training requiring the teacher to establish a need for communication to take place. After all, what came first? The need, or the question? Well, unlike the case for chickens and eggs, here we can say the need did. In the case of interacting people, first a stimulus is felt, be it hunger, thirst, or curiosity, (a need) and then an utterance is made in order to address the need. The utterance is relevant to the requirements of the speaker. We therefore have to create a need in our English students in order to reproduce the genuine use of language in the TEFL class, which they then use their English to satisfy. 

With student’s names, for example, we show TEFL trainees to make it necessary for students to ask each other their names by giving out new identities on role play cards. For example, in today’s class, Pepe will be Tarzan, Maria will be Joan of Arc and Arturo will be Arthur the great. Everybody is asked their name, they answer, and they are that character for the rest of the class. It’s fun too! 

So language use should always be accompanied by a need, and normally this requires fulfilling a task.


Tags: TEFL course, need, TEFL teacher training
Posted on May 2nd, 2017


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