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If you wanted to train as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language (EFL), you would probably focus on general English, which is what most jobs in this sector involve You could, however, go for one of two other booming sectors of EFL teaching – business English and young learners – lying at opposite ends of the spectrum. Business English courses focus on adults (18 + ) and tend to be the most intellectually satisfying to teach. Advantages include highly-motivated students (or clients), a low student-teacher ratio that may even be 1:1, and a job that carries high prestige. On the downside, for high-flying business people, time is money (a needs analysis will have been carried out beforehand and a tailor-made course devised), so there will probably be considerable pressure on the teacher to get results. For those who have been trained to teach primary level, in particular, teaching EFL to young learners can provide a fulfilling and rewarding career. Aged normally between 7 and 12, young learners have a short attention span and need to he actively involved in the learning process. The EFL teacher for young learners has to be patient and creative, making the lesson a balance of pleasure and discipline. Whichever type of EFL you choose to specialise in, it is vital for your training to focus on the psychology of the particular age group, as this will determine both the course content and the approach to be taken.
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