TEFL teaching practice

The teaching practice is the main component of the TEFL course - this is what you're here to learn to do, so we make sure you get plenty of practice. During the four weeks of the TEFL course, you will have a total of ten hours of teaching practice. We provide more teaching practice than other TEFL courses to ensure that you have sufficient opportunities to develop your confidence in the classroom and put into practice the teaching techniques that you are learning about in the morning sessions. Most of your lessons are shared with other trainees, and you teach progressively longer sections.

TEFL demonstration lessons

For the first two evenings of the TEFL course, you will observe the trainers teaching classes of Greek students. This gives you the opportunity to see the techniques of communicative language teaching in practice, and also to get to know some of the students who you will be teaching.

Before the live demonstration lessons, watching videos of recorded lessons together with the trainers enables you to develop the skill of noticing the significant features in the lesson. This enhances your ability to observe and also prepares for reflection on your own teaching.

In this video, Anglo-Hellenic Director Peter Beech teaches a group of young teenagers at elementary level. As you watch, notice some of the teaching techniques that are used, for example for giving instructions, teaching vocabulary and correcting errors. Notice also the students' use of language, what they are able to do and what they find difficult. How does the teacher enable them to overcome their difficulties?

 

Teaching children and teenagers

As most TEFL teaching is with children and teenagers, this is reflected in the teaching practice component of the TEFL course. The videos below show teaching practice from the TEFL course with students at each level from beginners to advanced. These are trainees, not experienced teachers, and the videos are provided not as examples of perfect technique but to illustrate the kind of teaching you will do during the TEFL course in Corinth, and also to give you an introduction to the various levels of students.

Beginners

Learners in Greece typically start this level at the age of eight - nine.

Trainees in their third week of the Anglo-Hellenic TEFL certificate course share a 60-minute lesson with a group of young learners at the beginning of the B Junior level.

Eve starts by revising a variety of verbs in the present continuous using flashcards and IWB software. She then plays a song for the students to sing along for further practice.

Katie's section begins with a miming game where students in turn perform actions and the others guess what they are doing. This is followed by written practice of questions and answers using the present continuous then more oral practice with students asking and answering questions about pictures.

Elementary

This is A1 level on the Council of Europe scale (CEFR).

Learners in Greece typically reach this level at the age of ten - eleven.

This is a fifty-minute lesson with a class of elementary level children, shared between four trainee teachers in their second week of teaching practice on the Anglo-Hellenic TEFL certificate course.

Maria begins by asking a few of the students what their favourite food is, and which foods are healthy and which unhealthy. Students in pairs then discuss which of the foods they have tried. Johann continues the lesson with more pairwork discussion of further questions relating to food and then the students summarize for the whole class what their partners had said.

Phillip starts his section with a listening comprehension activity in which students listen to find the answers to a series of questions as Phillip reads a news bulletin. Students then read a selection of news headlines, and use these to create stories, which they then read aloud to the whole class.

Pre-intermediate

This is A2 level on the Council of Europe scale (CEFR).

Learners in Greece typically reach this level at the age of eleven - twelve.

Trainees in their third week of the Anglo-Hellenic TEFL certificate course share a 60-minute lesson with a group of children at pre-intermediate level.

In the first half of the lesson, Katie teaches vocabulary relating to hair styles in the context of a listening comprehension activity.

In the second half, Eve presents and practices conditional sentences.

Intermediate

This is B1 level on the Council of Europe scale (CEFR).

Learners in Greece typically reach this level at the age of twelve - thirteen.

Trainees in their third week of the Anglo-Hellenic TEFL certificate course share a 60-minute lesson with a group of children at the beginning of the intermediate level.

In the first half of the lesson, Katie uses a vocabulary matching activity to introduce words describing personal qualities. Then learners use the new vocabulary in a guessing game in which they describe their classmates. For written consolidation the students each write about the qualities needed to succeed in their chosen profession.

In the second half of the lesson, Eve revises countable and uncountable nouns using a variety of games.

Upper Intermediate

This is B2 level on the Council of Europe scale (CEFR).

Learners in Greece typically reach this level at the age of thirteen - fourteen.

This is the final section of a lesson taught by trainee teachers on the Anglo-Hellenic TEFL Greece TEFL certificate course with a group of young teenagers at upper intermediate level.

Following on from a discussion of Spain in the previous section, this section of the lesson is centred around an authentic video clip about the banning of bullfighting, which is used as the basis for a listening comprehension activity.

Advanced

This is C1 level on the Council of Europe scale (CEFR).

Learners in Greece typically reach this level at the age of fourteen - fifteen.

Trainee teachers on the Anglo-Hellenic TEFL Greece TEFL course teach a class of advanced level teenagers a lesson based on the theme of Art, using a variety of authentic materials.

In this final section of the lesson, Maria hands out a listings page from an English-language newspaper published in Athens, and asks students to choose which of the arts events they would be interested in attending. Students then each give a brief oral presentation of their chosen event.

Teaching exam preparation classes

Teaching exam preparation classes is also an important part of the teaching in many TEFL jobs, and we ensure that you are thoroughly familiar with the most important exams. The videos below show some teaching practice from the TEFL Corinth course with students at three consecutive levels, B2, C1 and C2.

TEFL Corinth teaching practice - ECCE

 This is the first half of a lesson with a group of eleven-year-old students beginning their preparation for the B2-level ECCE exam, taught by a trainee teacher in the fourth week of the Anglo-Hellenic TEFL Corinth TEFL certificate course. After a brief introduction, Emily begins by showing a series of pictures in order to elicit key vocabulary related to summer vacation activities. She then hands out an article relating to a proposal to abolish summer vacations. After ensuring that the students understand the article, Emily elicits the students' reactions to it, compiling the pros and cons of the proposal on the whiteboard in preparation for writing their responses.

 

TEFL Corinth teaching practice - ALCE

 This is the first section of a lesson with a group of young teenagers beginning their preparation for the C1-level ALCE exam, taught by a trainee teacher in the second week of the Anglo-Hellenic TEFL Corinth TEFL certificate course. Emma begins by brainstorming vocabulary associated with plastic surgery, then shows a series of pictures of celebrities who have had plastic surgery in order to elicit students' opinions. She then gets students to suggest arguments for and against plastic surgery, which are compiled on the whiteboard and which form the basis for the exam practice writing task which will be assigned for homework.

 

TEFL Corinth teaching practice - ECPE

This is a lesson with a group of young teenagers beginning their preparation for the C2-level ECPE exam, taught by a trainee teacher in the second week of the Anglo-Hellenic TEFL Corinth TEFL certificate course. Aysha begins by eliciting types of crimes and punishments, then gets students to consider which of the crimes each punishment is suitable for, and what the causes of crime are. After further individual work on vocabulary, Aysha hands out an essay title about the death penalty, and students in pairs prepare their responses. After presenting their ideas orally, students will write the exam practice essay for homework.

 

Teaching practice feedback

Each of the lessons that you teach during the TEFL course is observed by one of the trainers. After each lesson, you have a discussion with the trainer and the other trainees who were sharing the lesson. The trainer stimulates your reflection on your lesson, encouraging you to recall the significant events of the lesson. The trainer's feedback notes the development of your teaching abilities and suggests areas for attention. You are also given detailed written feedback and a grade for each lesson.

Teaching practice feedback video

In this video, Anglo-Hellenic TEFL Trainer Petra conducts a feedback session with two trainees. She begins by asking Rafael his impressions of his lesson, responding to and building on each of his points. She then invites his teaching partner Rachel to comment before giving her own observations. The process is then repeated for Rachel's half of the lesson.

 

TEFL course teaching practice videos

See more videos of teaching practice in the TEFL Greece YouTube channel.