Summary teaching method in TEFL course

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Summary as a TEFL teaching method is not just repetition. This method includes analyzing information, identifying key ideas from irrelevant perspectives, and so on. The summary allows TEFL learners and teachers to monitor their understanding of the course materials. TEFL teaching evaluation reflects the advantages of summary.

From novels to authentic works, from the media to dialogues, meetings and events, all of which can be summarized. As a part of TEFL teaching in the 21st century, student course evaluation can become a valuable source of information about TEFL teaching practice. Here, you can practice the summary of student evaluation data through the context description outline. The concept of summary is one of the complex parts that students should master. Nevertheless, there are different ways to teach TEFL learners how to summarize.


1. Explain what is important

Some summary methods require students to simply classify the content as important or unnecessary information. These strategies do not highlight the text structure with the least important impact. The summary method should help students determine the features of the text more effectively.

2. Including various text structures

Try to familiarize the students with the structure of several books. During TEFL learners' study, students will encounter several other more explanatory text structures. Therefore, if you don't teach well, TEFL learners may not be very successful in understanding the explanatory content and related explanations in textbooks. Therefore, we should combine different text structures.

3. Enhance graphic depiction

It is helpful for students to encourage graphic expression, and it is also helpful for students to recognize text structure. TEFL learners can describe the simplified structure by presenting an overview at the top of the chart. The less important the example, the farther students indent it to the right. Even the use of picture books will break the ideas of struggling students.

4. Anchor diagram

Try to develop the anchor map in advance so that you can complete it with the participants at the beginning of the TEFL course. A simple summary is always surprising. Including the finalized chart, you can begin to discuss the difference between summary and repetition.


Summary is not only retelling, it also includes analyzing information and distinguishing important basic knowledge from unimportant basic knowledge. Media, fictional and non fictional texts, dialogues, meetings and events can be summarized. The summary helps TESOL learners understand the structure of TEFL courses or texts. As a TEFL teacher, you need to decide how to summarize informative articles or non fiction texts to TEFL learners, because students can't summarize what they don't understand. Students must have many opportunities to practice writing summaries and let them practice.

Remember to teach students that the summary should not include their views on the topic or the author's confrontational methods. As the evaluation in TEFL teaching process is taking place, TEFL teachers need many follow-up micro courses to help students successfully summarize.

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