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Discover Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL)

Oksana Razoumova, Lecturer, TEAL Minor

Oksana Razoumova

My name is Oksana Razoumova and I’m a lecturer and one of the course chairs at Victoria University.

I manage TEAL units – TEAL stands for Teaching English as an Additional Language and it technically means working with learners from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

I've been a TESOL educator for nearly two decades and work in different parts of the world — in Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia — and I've always been passionate about this area.

Among many useful skills, this minor offers skills in:

  • lesson planning
  • recognising students’ needs and various learning styles
  • applying student-centred learning approaches
  • providing a meaningful context for learning
  • providing feedback and assessing students
  • classroom management.

We start with the most basic unit: The Second Language Curriculum and Assessment, where students learn about principles and approaches to teaching English as an Additional Language, and factors which affect classroom management and learning in the classroom.

We cover a variety of units from how to teach and how to understand literacies in Australia and moving towards grammar and multicultural settings, which would allow students perhaps to choose their area of interest and to see which areas they’re good at.

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Oksana Razoumova, Lecturer, TEAL Minor

Oksana Razoumova

Graduates from this minor can apply a lot of skills, obviously in teaching using different methodologies and approaches on how to handle a TEAL classroom. However, you can look at it from a broader perspective — graduates from this course or students who are undertaking this minor should understand a much broader spectrum of social issues like multiculturalism and integration into society, perhaps even understanding employability skills for their future students.

We hope that students who complete this minor are actually well-informed EAL teachers or will become well-informed EAL teachers with a good understanding of not only traditional teaching but innovative approaches to teaching using new materials, using digital technology, understanding learners better and trying to bring good aspects to the world, and through their classroom, changing and making the world a better place.

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