The Free Stage. Aspect 5: the TEFL teacher acting as a ‘promoter’ of the activity

The Free Stage. Aspect 5: the TEFL teacher acting as a ‘promoter’ of the activity.

The TEFL trainee at the Malaga TEFL centre will be taught to have a reflex for ‘when to get out of the way’, and let their students indulge in free, task-based, communicative language exchange. To do this, a free stage activity needs setting up and the TEFL teacher is to refrain from the paternal instinct of immediately wading in on any error that comes from their production, and rather note it down for giving feedback later.

Simultaneously, the teacher will need to be aware of how the activity is developing and act in order to promote its satisfactory conclusion. This means being aware of student-student interactions (they are doing the task effectively, turn taking is being respected, equal opportunity is being given to each student, information is being correctly passed on, etc.). It also means the teacher mingles equitably with the students to pick up on a good average sample of error for later feedback, whilst supporting students’ attempts and encouraging their efforts.

The activity also needs to be timed correctly, and if any unforeseen circumstances arise (a student suddenly has to leave, information is being inaccurately passed on, insufficient input language preparation has unexpectedly become apparent etc.) the teacher needs to compensate for this and have a ‘plan B’ up their sleeve!

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the teacher has to be sufficiently versed in the expected outcome of activity and its linguistic requirements, that if an unexpected situation arises, it can easily absorbed into the classroom dynamic.


Tags: tefl course, tefl trainee, free stage, promoter
Posted on August 27th, 2017


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