Schools' training programs vary, from no teacher training to paid training programs. If you choose a school that does not offer training, we help you with our training program and resources. The Mission Possible article will help you out as well.
Taiwan-Teachers training breaks into four parts:
1. You will observe one of our classes as well a video with clips of five different teachers in action.
2. You will observe some classes at your new school, usually including some of the classes that you are going to teach.
3. You will be given a teacher handbook made up of some games and activities which are appropriate for the classes you will be teaching. We will work with you on your first lessons plans, carefully altering games to teach specific content.
4. You will be asked to fax your lesson plans to Josh or Catherine for the first couple of weeks. Your plan will be completely reviewed and we will fax your school (you) additional games and activities that might be appropriate for your class material, to use at your discretion.
We do not have a robust training program because: class sizes can vary from 3 to 50, ages can range from 4 to 45, and extreme ability ranges. In short, we need to know exactly what classes you are teaching before we begin teacher training because there is simply no way we can cover all the different approaches you would need in each of these class scenarios! Instead, we look at exactly which classes you will be teaching and draw up real lesson plans. We observe classes and co-teach classes. Be prepared for lots of preparation time for the first couple of months. Careful preparation and due diligence are the surest way to overcoming lack of experience.
The following are available at our office.
Hooked on Language! Ready-to-Use Visual Activities for Learning Foreign Languages by Penilyn Kruge
Strengthening Foreign Language Instruction Through Outstanding Proficiency-Based Strategies (Grades 6-12) by Helena Curtain
ESL Teacher's Activities Kit by Elizabeth Claire
More Recipes for Tired Teachers edited by Christopher Sion
Teach English: A Training Course for Teachers: Teacher's Workbook by Adrian Doff
Using Cooperative Learning to Strengthen Your Foreign Language Instruction by Mimi Met
Teaching English to Children by Wendy A. Scott and Lisbeth H. Ytreberg
Barnyard Bedlam and 149 Others: Group Leader's Handbook of Games and Activities for Children and Youth, 2nd Edition edited by Carey J. Denholm, Ph.D. and Dale A. Ruttan, B.A.
More Grammar Games: Cognitive, affective and movement activities for EFL students by Mario Rinvolucri and Paul Davis
Copyright 2001 Taiwan-Teachers; by Joshua Lawrence