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Redefining Your TEFL Using Brain-Based Learning

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Alone In A Room

Imagine that you are alone in a room with nothing to do.  No cell phone, no book to read or TV to watch, no other people to talk to. Just you and your thoughts for 15 minutes. How will you feel? How much can your brain tolerate? How long can you endure this boring environment? What are you going to do?

Sure, you’re going to search for something novel and stimulating as you will feel bored. Remember that I’m only talking about 15 minute-period.

Students’ Brains Nowadays

So, as teachers, we should realize how boredom impacts our students whose brains always seek engagement, stimulation, choice, movement, meaning and novelty, and many other things so as not to feel bored. However, some teachers still insist on using traditional methods of teaching with today’s students.

According to modern research, yesterday’s methods worked well for yesterday’s students. But today’s students have different brains. They spend much more time on TV and on the Internet so their brains need a different learning environment. One that is enriching with sound, images, animation, movement, and social communications so that learning will stick within their brains.

Why To Employ The Brain-Based Learning

Therefore, we, as teachers, will not be able to enhance learning unless we study how students’ brains work and know well how to create a positive, energizing, and organized learning environment for students. That’s why you should consider employing the five-E system. It is a system based on the brain with some practical classroom strategies.

The central point in this system is to understand that learning is neither mechanical nor simply an intellectual process. It is like what happens in a chemical factory – or inside each one of us as we digest a meal, a complex and dynamic process. All parts of the system play a role and the more students contribute to the class, the more profound and meaningful their learning is.

The Five-E Elements

This system focuses on incorporating five “E” elements in every classroom: 

  1. Emotion,
  2. Examples,
  3. Energy,
  4. Exercise, and 
  5. Euphoria. 

If we can include these simple elements in our classes, we will be better prepared to meet the true needs of our students.

Each element has an important and motivational effect on your journey to redefine your TEFL in the classroom and on your students’ learning as well.

But what is the importance and effect of each element and how to apply it in your TEFL?

In other words, what are these classroom strategies that relate to each element? These strategies, if applied in the classroom, will enable the teacher to reach every student and enhance their learning.

The Five-E System Guide

I’ve collected these elements in a resource guide for YOU. I also included the classroom strategies that you can use to employ these elements.

If you employ this five-E system, you will redefine your TEFL in your classes, FOR SURE.

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Mohamed Ramadan

By Mohamed Ramadan

Mohamed Ramadan, an ELT Supervisor for the Ministry of Education in Egypt. Former primary, preparatory and secondary EFL teacher for 25 years. I'm also a teacher trainer helping EFL teachers to teach English effectively and inspiring them to be creative in their career.

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