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EFL Teaching: English Language Teacher Talk

How do you teach students who can’t understand your language? Learn the skills to become an effective and engaging EFL teacher.

EFL Teaching: English Language Teacher Talk

Develop your teaching skills alongside language experts

Working as a language teacher has complex demands compared to other teaching situations. You’ll face language obstacles that can affect learner engagement, retention, and classroom dynamics.

On this four-week course, you’ll address the differences between a language teacher and other forms of teaching and the challenges this presents. You’ll then explore the solutions that can be found by examining what you say in the classroom, and how you say it.

Learning from the experts at Language International New Zealand, you’ll explore the multiple roles involved in being a language teacher, and the techniques you can use to become a more effective teacher.

Explore the strategies for language teaching

You’ll examine different methods to control and focus the language you use in the classroom and learn how this has a direct effect on the tasks you’re able to complete in a lesson.

You’ll develop your skills in delivering clear and concise instructions as well as techniques such as asking the right questions to check that your students understand your directions.

Make teaching English an engaging experience

You’ll learn how to apply these teaching methods to a context you’re familiar with, to ensure you know how to put your new skills into practice.

By the end of this course, you’ll have the confidence and knowledge to deliver effective teacher talk that helps your students learn English in engaging lessons.

What topics will you cover?

  • The range of roles a teacher may take
  • Teacher language
  • Questioning techniques
  • Giving instructions

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for trainee and early career language teachers, or those interested in training as a language teacher.

It is most useful for teaching English in English, but may also benefit teachers of other languages.

Who developed the course?

Languages International

Languages International provides world-class English language courses and language teacher education, including the Cambridge CELTA and DELTA in Auckland, New Zealand, for students and trainees from more than 40 countries.

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  • Location

    Auckland, New Zealand

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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