The warmer stage in the TEFL classroom: considerations

A TEFL teacher should be aware of the state English language students find themselves in when they first come into the class. There is no one state, but here are a few things that are fairly safe to assume:

  • In most cases, the student has walked out of their native language environment, into an English speaking environment (the TEFL classroom) and there is a linguistic ‘change of chip’ that needs to take place to allow them to start speaking in English.
  • A sensitive TEFL trainee will notice that students may be a little shy, nervous, or apprehensive about speaking in front of their companions (or speaking at all!). It’s the "I feel silly" sensation that comes into play (this is a very important consideration in the case of teenagers who have plenty of qualms about how their peers perceive them). In the case of adults, many have learnt over the years to feel ashamed if they say something "wrong", which is a typical reaction to out-dated language teaching methodology, and it can be a very threatening environment indeed.
  • The student hasn't got the same train of thought as at the end of the previous lesson, and maybe a shaky or even erroneous concept of what was taught previously.

These factors need addressing and the answer to the problem can be found in the warmers that are introduced in the Malaga TEFL course.

 

Tags: TEFL teacher, TEFL warmer
Posted on May 5th, 2017

 

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