English Teacher

teacherMany of the topics that I cover in my classes urged me to pause and wonder where my teaching philosophy fits in the greater scheme of ESL/EFL education. I have begun to see that I, like many teachers pay too little attention to the students I teach. Instead of seeing them as thinking human beings with very definite ideas of their own, I tend to assume they are tabular data. In discussing how to bring about ownership of the learning experiences for our students, I think it is important for teachers to stop and consider what their students believe they need to learn a language for in addition to what we perceive their needs are.

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Teaching

teachingThe first day of class is a very important time for faculty to establish a tone for what will happen the rest of the term. It is appropriate that a teacher reflect on just what climate and first impression she/he would like to establish. If the participants on both sides don't understand how to develop their relationships, learning will be diminished.

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Learning

learningPart of being an effective instructor involves understanding how adults learn best. Compared to children and teens, adults have special needs and requirements as learners. Malcom Knowles identified the following characteristics of adult learners: Adults are autonomous and self-directed. They need to be free to direct themselves. Their teachers must actively involve adult participants in the learning process and serve as facilitators for them. Specifically, they must get participants' perspectives about what topics to cover and let them work on projects that reflect their interests. They should allow the participants to assume responsibility for presentations and group leadership.

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Course design

course designIn designing or revising a course, faculty are faced with at least three crucial decisions: what to teach, how to teach it, and how to ensure that students are learning what is being taught. Often, the most difficult step in preparing or revising a course is deciding which topics must be excluded if the whole is to be manageable. Many teachers, hoping to impart to students everything they know about a subject, attempt to include too much material by half.

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Assessment

assessmentMany teachers dislike preparing and grading exams, and most students dread taking them. Yet tests are powerful educational tools that serve at least four functions. First, tests help you evaluate students and assess whether they are learning what you are expecting them to learn. Second, well-designed tests serve to motivate and help students structure their academic efforts. Third, tests can help you understand how successfully you are presenting the material. Finally, tests can reinforce learning by providing students with indicators of what topics or skills they have not yet mastered and should concentrate on.

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Class management

managementInstead of holding your students with an iron grip, allow them to be themselves until (and unless) their behavior distracts you or others in the class. When you notice unproductive behavior, nip it in the bud. Otherwise, you send a clear message to the students that it's OK for them to talk while you are talking, etc. Use classroom management techniques before you become irritated, impatient or upset. We are much more powerful when we are centered, when we like out students, and when we view our students with fondness rather than impatience. Allow students to save face. When we put students down in front of others, the entire class of students will turn against us. Do all you can to feel good about yourself and others on a daily basis.

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Miscellaneous

otherA teacher says: "I can accept my good students, those who behave and do good work, but I can't accept those who do not work, who have the wrong attitude and who cause me trouble." They forget that it's the acceptance of all that gives power to the teacher. In fact, it is in relation to students who are difficult that the teacher's true qualities are demonstrated. We all find it easy to accept those who lend themselves to our designs. It is in their relationship to those who cause them trouble, who are dirty and poorly dressed, and who fail to achieve that teachers prove their beliefs.

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English Teacher

teacherMany of the topics that I cover in my classes urged me to pause and wonder where my teaching philosophy fits in the greater scheme of ESL/EFL education. I have begun to see that I, like many teachers pay too little attention to the students I teach. Instead of seeing them as thinking human beings with very definite ideas of their own, I tend to assume they are tabular data. In discussing how to bring about ownership of the learning experiences for our students, I think it is important for teachers to stop and consider what their students believe they need to learn a language for in addition to what we perceive their needs are.

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