What’s your attitude towards teaching practices a.k.a. TP’s

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TP’s are the nightmares of many CELTA or DELTA trainees. During the TP’s “Anxiety” is the exact word to describe the mental uneasiness of the trainee. Any trainee can learn teaching by talking about the techniques or materials, but of course practice makes teaching perfect as in most other skills.

Its being carried out in a very supportive environment is a good thing about a TP. The thing is anxiety is always there for the trainee, but it can be seen more especially during the first TP. After receiving the constructive feedback from your trainers and other trainees, The level of anxiety will surely decrease and self confidence takes its place;)

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TP’s generally focus on:

  • Classroom management,
  • Teaching techniques,
  • Language learner (how they learn, the strategies they employ, their problems in learning etc.)

Of course TP’s have some objectives. With the helps of TP’s, you can;

  1. have a chance to simulate in a real teaching situation,
  2. develop your own teaching style,
  3. find a chance for assessment or to try out the teaching techniques you’ve learned,
  4. have the chance to be observed and get constructive feedback,
  5. (after some TP’s) become more independent and safe first in your TP’s then in your lessons 🙂

But we should never forget that TP is a time for experiment 😉 That means we shouldn’t be demotivated if we make mistakes. Because making mistakes is in the nature of learning and we are the ones as teachers who know that “Learning never ends 😉

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What’s more we can also learn from the feedbacks that we get from our trainers, observer trainees and from the students.

After each TP we will be;

  • more aware of ourselves and the language we are teaching,
  • in control about classroom management,
  • be able to plan better lessons,
  • be able to prepare better materials and activities for our lessons,
  • help student develop awareness and
  • be better in thinking creatively and constructively about our lessons 😉

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In short if we,as teachers, are ready to develop ourselves, renew our teaching skills  and open to novelties in teaching; we will be safer in our classes. Being observed does not mean that you don’t know how to teach or you are a bad teacher. It only proves that you are a teacher who never stops learning 😉

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7 Comments

    1. According to your level,
      For beginner-elementary levels: essential grammar in use
      For intermediate levels: grammar in use
      For advanced levels: advanced grammar in use 😉

  1. Hi, I’m studyng primary education in the University of Murcia, I just want to tell you that your blog is quite interesting and very useful to the teachers nowadays. I’m carring out a task for a subject of my degree and I want to choose your blog to include my response on a post. Thank you, I hope you answer me.

    1. Dear Alejandro,
      I’ll be honoured if you want to include my blog into your study, and please do not hesitate to contact me whenever you want;)

  2. Practice definitely does to students’ progress which no other medium can do. Practice involves a set of daily or time regulated activities that, if done constantly, will be retained effectively by students. Teachers just need to come up with new and innovative ways to make students practice.

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