Paige, PR and Social Media Executive
I am the PR & Social Media Executive at The TEFL Org and I wanted to take the new 20-hour Virtual Classroom TEFL Course in order to understand what is involved in the course. Having experienced the course myself I can now promote the course to our potential customers and offer our current students relevant advice.
Our Virtual Classroom Courses were put in place as an alternative to our popular classroom courses as due to Covid-19 our classroom courses aren’t taking place at the moment. I completed the pre-course task before my first session and this gave me an insight into what the course included. The virtual classroom course was delivered over Zoom by one of our tutors, Alex. She guided us through how to plan, prepare and deliver lessons that are fun and engaging for all learner levels and age groups.
I was nervous at first as I wasn’t sure what to expect from a Virtual TEFL Course, but Alex made me feel comfortable within the first 5 minutes or so. It was clear from the beginning that everyone was in the same boat, which helped to make me feel comfortable from the offset. When joining the Zoom meeting and seeing all the other students, I noticed that we were all different ages and in different locations, but the fact that we were all there for the same reason was comforting. We were all starting out together, there to learn regardless of our backgrounds or age. Alex made the sessions thoroughly enjoyable and all the other students on the course were as eager to learn as I was. Everyone had a chance to get involved throughout the course, which improved the learning experience.
Alex has been an amazing tutor so far, she has kept us engaged throughout with the activities that she prepared. The warmers and lead in stage helped to make everyone feel at ease, which enabled us to chat with the other students fairly quickly.
The Sunday session involved a teaching practice session where I had to deliver my lesson plan to my peers. This activity was incredibly useful as it gave me valuable teaching experience and listening to the feedback afterwards has helped me to understand what I would do differently for my next teaching practice session, but also taught me what worked well and seeing everyone else’s lesson plans has given me inspiration for the future.
I highly recommend taking the Virtual TEFL Course if you are wanting practical experience and to gain a better idea of what a TEFL lesson might look like. I feel like I have already taken so much away from the course and I have only completed the first two sessions so far. I’m looking forward to this weekend for my last two sessions and then getting stuck in to complete the rest of the online course!