Orientation Days 4-7: TEFL

There’s not a lot to say about the last few days, in which we’ve been hard at work studying TEFL (teaching English as a Foreign Language).

Our big group was divided up into two smaller groups, and in those groups we’ve been going over all the TEFL basics, including lesson planning, classroom management, games and activities, and how to teach writing, reading, speaking, listening, and vocabulary.

Our teachers are the Volunteers Colombia Regional Coordinators, most of whom were in our shoes a year ago and have spent the last year teaching at SENA centers around Colombia. It’s been great to have people who have real-world experience to answer our questions and give us a realistic picture of what teaching at SENA is actually like.

TEFL Class
TEFL Class

The lessons have been very interactive, and some were conducted in Spanish so that we could understand how our future students will feel. (Of course most of us speak at least some Spanish, but it’s fun to practice anyway.)

On our last day of TEFL training we were assigned partners and given the afternoon to plan a lesson, which we will teach to students at a real SENA center on Thursday. We’ll see how it goes!

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