Many language schools in Turkey have a variety of students from all walks of life. This results in a school with many levels, abilities and needs, all in different classrooms with schedules changing daily. The TESOL certification course I completed with OnTESOL provided me with the skills to generate lesson plans fit for any class size and level.
The Benefits of Teaching at a Language School in Turkey
Although jumping from one class to a very different class can be stressful, it’s a great way to learn a vast variety of teaching methods and to understand the importance and benefits of tailor-made lesson plans. Teaching different ages and levels, including full classes, private lessons and business English lessons also keeps you on your toes. The day feels more exciting and it keeps you engaged, which is beneficial for the students. That’s not to say it isn’t difficult sometimes. Here are some tips to help.
To make sure everything goes smoothly, it’s important to plan ahead and keep notes. Teaching many classes can often be confusing. Using a notebook to record previous lessons and colour coordinating different classes is the key to be able to enter a classroom with confidence. Knowing what and when you are teaching different classes helps you structure the day logically, allowing you to mentally prepare before stepping into each classroom. Unless the school offers training, which is rare, I highly recommend completing a TESOL certificate course online with OnTESOL. You will get all the training that you need to teach English in Turkey and you can do this quickly from your home computer.
Switching between levels:
Walking out of an advanced class and into an elementary class can be difficult, particularly for conversation classes. It’s important to adapt to the class level quickly. I find asking basic questions using grammar structures that have previously been taught allows me to mentally sink in to the necessary teaching styles and methods. A few simple questions and games can get the class rolling and communication at the expected fluency level will start naturally.
Switching between ages:
Language schools usually have adult classes and junior classes separated and often you will be expected to teach both. An adult class can be filled with hardworking, enthusiastic students. The same can be said for junior classes, but frequently they require a much more authoritative teaching style. It is important to remember to adapt to the maturity level before entering the classroom. Speaking louder and keeping an eye on disruptive students is something to keep in mind when entering a junior class after teaching several classes adult students.