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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsGet ready. [LAUGHING] Ready, set, go. It's very intense, and you learn a lot. But it's very rushed. And the rhythm of it, you have to pick up a lot of stuff quite quickly. You have to be versatile, and so be prepared. But also be prepared for the reward that you'll get, because it's very rewarding to see students get better and better at their English and start communicating. After you've given them a lot of opportunity to practise a certain language point, for them to actually be using it naturally is such a rewarding moment. I would say that the grammar lessons have been the most valuable part, because when you go into English language teaching you think that it's your native language.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 secondsTherefore, you know everything about English. But actually you've never learned it as a foreign language student does from their eyes. So having the grammar be taught to you as you would teach it to the students has been so helpful when passing it on to your students. I think that for me the teaching practice has to be the most valuable part, because you actually get to do it with real students. Every so often you come up with something from the way you demonstrated it, for instance, or the way you ran a game or an exercise. And suddenly someone will go ahhhh. Those light bulb moments for me were probably the most rewarding.

What’s on next week?

How are we going to end the course?

We’re at the end of Week 5 now, getting ready to start the last week of the course. What will the last week cover? Watch this clip of teacher interviews for a taste.

  • What are they talking about?
  • How do they all describe the experience?
  • Post your comments and see what other learners think. We’ll talk about this next week.

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    Exploring the World of English Language Teaching

    Cambridge Assessment English