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120-hrs TESOL Certification Course

“I'm a proud TESOL certified teacher. I learned a lot from the TESOL training in managing class and students, but the most interesting for me is about NOVELTY. Creating original activities specifically for my students will provide a good atmosphere that fit their level thus, making it interesting for them to learn in my class.”

– Teacher Ron, Team Leader at SELC Manila

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“As a TESOL Certified Teacher, I have gained more knowledge on various concepts and strategies in handling students, primarily, in Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL). I became more aware of their characteristics, needs, and preferences. Equipped with new strategies and innovative teaching methodologies, I am able to design more appropriate lesson plans and engaging activities for students to enjoy and at the same time, effectively learn English.”

– Teacher Van, ESL Instructor at SELC Manila

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“Top-down and bottom-up processes are both strategies ESL teachers use to help facilitate learning in the classroom. Top-down begins with learners' background knowledge while bottom-up starts with component parts. When necessary, the two strategies are combined in the classroom (interactive process) to achieve desired learning outcomes. Preference on which strategy to use is judged based on the teacher's expert analysis of the student's level, background, expectations, and needs. Refreshed with these processes, I think that I can be a more effective ESL teacher.”

– Teacher Ethan, ESL Instructor at SELC Manila

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“After a stringent TESOL training, I have learned the importance of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) in my work as an English teacher in SELC. Communicative Language Teaching approach allows interaction and helps develop student communication competence. I was able to create activities that involve real communication thus, promoting effective learning. Also, students used target languages productively and in a meaningful way.”

– Teacher Nice, ESL Instructor at SELC Manila

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“I learned that it is important to provide students with lessons that are not only well-structured but also interesting and enjoyable. I was reminded that when planning an English lesson, there are three factors I must put in mind: ENGAGE, STUDY AND ACTIVATE (ESA). It was said that students learn better if they are engaged, interested and involved in what is happening around them. Lessons also need to be introduced systematically to the way that English is put together. Moreover, students need to be given a chance to use the language or have an input that will further develop their use of English. I can say that with the knowledge I gained from taking this TESOL course, I become a more confident English teacher.”

– Teacher Mary, ESL Teacher at SELC Manila

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“Needs Analysis is a very important step in the process of teaching and training. It is because the teacher-trainer will know exactly how to address the specific areas in which the learner needs assistance. Through needs analysis, I can customize topics, activities, and the learning environment in order to have the most conducive and the most productive atmosphere possible for the learner.”

– Teacher James, ESL Instructor at SELC Manila

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“I learned the definition and importance of Student-Centered Teaching. It allows the students to interact with their teams through discussions and group activities. This approach encourages students to sit in groups for collaboration. By sitting with other peers, students discuss, work together, learn to deal with others, and many other daily tasks that will eventually help them become team players. It creates opportunities for students to teach each other, answer their peers’ questions, and present the results of their works. Moreover, student-centered teaching helps the students develop skills that will better equip them for their professional careers. I was TESOL trained in this approach, so I can apply the principles and provide my students with a better learning experience.”

– Teacher Debbie, ESL Instructor at SELC Manila

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"Think-pair-share (TPS) is one learning strategy I learned from my TESOL training. Students become independent when given a problem to be solved. Basically, they get a chance to have a conversation with other students and from that point they can freely express their thoughts and feelings. This method is effective at some tasks to specifically enhance students’ communication skill.”

– Teacher Josh, ESL Teacher at SELC Manila

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“As a TESOL certified teacher, I have learned the importance of the Audio-Lingual Method in teaching, wherein the teacher can give some drills in the use of grammatical sentence patterns and the students are able to mimic the teacher’s pronunciation. The good thing about this method is the actions, pictures or realia are used to give meaning and to emphasize spoken language. Through dialogs, learning through imitation, and learning through repetition, the students will be able to improve their audio-lingual skills. As a result, the students are able to use the target language effectively, use the language automatically, and form new habits continuously. With such, I will be able to prepare a well-organized lesson plan that will focus on the audio-lingual method and will help the students to have fun while learning the language.”

– Teacher Cel, ESL Teacher at SELC Manila

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“Being TESOL certified has equipped me with prime teaching methods and learning techniques on how to effectively teach English to ESL students. It has further strengthened my knowledge in English language and grammar teaching. I became more familiar with systematic lesson planning, effective classroom management, and efficient teaching techniques. I became more adept in lesson planning especially in setting the lesson’s objectives that adhere to Bloom’s Taxonomy, a very powerful tool in developing learning objectives. This concept clearly explains the process of learning, which is an ideal characteristic of a lesson plan. It aided me with a list of quantifiable verbs I could apply to different activities in my class. As a result, I have been able to produce measurable learning objectives, which help me evaluate and track my students’ English proficiency progress ever since.”

– Teacher Lyn, Head Teacher at SELC Manila

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“As a TESOL Certified teacher, it is important to select lessons and materials that match the learner's needs and level. This is in relation to the Input Hypothesis wherein students are given input that is a bit higher than their current level thus, giving them the challenge and motivation to progress further. On the contrary, when the input is too high for the learner's level it may lead to pressure and loss of motivation. In this case, it is best to give materials that are a level lower than the learner's level to boost self-esteem and motivation thus, helping students improve. In other words, as a teacher, I must be able to adjust the lessons accordingly depending on the progress that a learner is making.”

– Teacher Gie, ESL Teacher at SELC Manila

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“Attending TESOL Training helped me to have a better approach to my students. The significant learning in Action Research played a big part in establishing my students’ participation and proper collaborations of lessons. We teachers should focus on using methods to achieve certain goals. Action research helped me to evaluate the problem and create proper solutions to better assess a student’s level and proficiency. One learning that I gained was the value of Action Research for TESOL as a 'collective, self-reflective inquiry undertaken by participants in social situations in order to improve their learning and skills.”

– Teacher Mae, ESL Teacher at SELC Manila

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“I have used a lot of strategies in teaching pronunciation but I find the Vowel-Color Scheme very useful in teaching pronunciation to my students. It’s one of the easiest waysto remember the vowel sounds in English to non-native speakers like Japanese. The TESOL training provided me the opportunity to learn the best approach in teaching pronunciation to students who have difficulty with American English Vowel sounds.”

– Teacher Cedric, Team Leader at SELC Manila

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“After finishing a 120-hour TESOL training, one of the most helpful strategies that I personally apply in class is to “Remember to repeat, repeat to remember.” In learning and using a new language it is very easy to forget what you have learned when you don’t use it outside the class. So every chance I get, as a teacher, I always try to find ways to review what we have learned. We try to repeat the expressions and use them as often as we can in order to remember. According to my students, it was helpful that there was repetition because they can easily remember it.”

– Teacher Phoebe, ESL Instructor at SELC Manila

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“Tradition holds that students can make their teachers happy if they are able to learn from them. However, being TESOL certified, I have learned that the goal is not to teach students to make them happy, rather it is to make them happy so that they will learn better. Happy students learn better because the chemicals present in their brains when they are happy make them more receptive to the lessons you present to them. That is the Science of Happiness. I am strict with my students, but I always make sure that they are happy in my class. That is my TESOL advantage.” – Teacher Rachel, ESL Teacher at SELC Manila

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“After an intensive TESOL training, I realized that students tend to be active and participate with great motivation towards tasks and activities in a task-based Learning environment. TBLT or Task-Based Learning Teaching is an approach based on the premise that students learn best if they have the chance to communicate in real situations. It offers a platform for students to exhibit their skills through their efforts and develop them further. It is a communicative approach where students spend a lot of time communicating. I believe that using this TBLT within the communicative approach provides students the opportunity to learn in ways that are relevant, meaningful, and transferable to the real world.”

– Teacher Erick, ESL Teacher at SELC Manila

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“One thing that surprises me when I attended TESOL training is Gamification. Gamification describes the process of applying game-related principles — particularly those relating to user experience and engagement — to non-game contexts such as education. There is high transferability of learning and low anxiety if the lessons are prepared in a fun and exciting way. Gone are the days wherein teachers just use textbooks to teach students. I strongly believe that this innovation in teaching will surely change the way I deal with my students. Using such principle is very useful to students learning a second language regardless of their level or age.”

– Teacher Manel, Head Teacher at SELC Manila

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“I've learned from my TESOL training that the power of positive suggestion can make learner more responsive in learning. A method called Suggestopedia wherein learners are put in a relaxed state that enables them to memorize faster and easier. In order to create a focused and relaxed state, teachers use music and chanting, comfortable and relaxing environment, and a good and open relationship between teachers and students. This kind of method stimulates learning and improves memory thus, learning can be both fun and easy with the use of suggestopedia.”

– Teacher Vicky, ESL Instructor at SELC Manila

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“One big takeaway I got from the TESOL training was the concept of TPR or Total Physical Response. TPR is the use of both verbal and physical stimulation in our lessons. Numerous studies have shown that engaging in physical activity really helps when taking in new ideas or language. This is especially applicable for young learners who get bored very easily.

– Teacher Jaime, ESL Instructor at SELC Manila

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“I have learned that TBLT (Task-based learning teaching) is an approach in which learning revolves around the completion of meaningful tasks. The framework of a TBLT lesson is usually composed of the following phases: Pre-task, While Task and Post-task. The pre-task phase is when the teacher raises students’ interest and prepares learners to perform the task. This can be done by stimulating my students’ general knowledge on a certain topic and by helping them to anticipate the type of language they will need to perform. In while task stage, learners perform the task proposed. My students are supposed to perform the task in small groups or pairs, and use their existing knowledge of language to express themselves in a spontaneous way. As the focus is communication, my role at this stage is not supposed to carry out extensive error correction, but should monitor and provide support. The post-task stage is when my students evaluate their performance. This might be done by comparing the outcome of their task to that of a proficient user of the language. It also involves my feedback and the form-focused language work should be in response to students’ production.”

– Teacher Kristyle, ESL Teacher at SELC Manila

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“Being TESOL certified really helped me to refine the quality of my lessons and the quality of how these lessons are executed. Having a systematic lesson plan will surely help the teacher and the students to have a fruitful class but if the student is not fully engaged to it, it would not be effective. One thing I learned is that our senses play a big part in learning. Stimulating more senses such as hearing, sight, and touch at the same time helps the learner retain more information. Knowledge over these factors helps me create a more student-centered lesson plans and learner-friendly environment classes.”

– Teacher Erwin, ESL Instructor at SELC Manila

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Thailand Internship Program

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Intern in Thailand with her students

January 14, 2017

Cardio with Christina

9:00 am

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English Teacher, Paknam Lang Suan Wittaya School Thailand

Neldine Gayem

Thailand Teaching Interns

January 14, 2017

Boxing with Jasmine

9:30 am

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Jasmine Aziz

Intern in Thailand with her students

January 14, 2017

Weight Lifting with Iron

10:00 am

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Iron Mike