The role of the teacher??.. The fact you can find a definition of
The fact you can find a definition of 'teacher' in a standard English dictionary is deceptively straightforward. Defining a teacher is complex because a teacher will carry along different cultural ideas and expectations, products of his/her age, education, experiences and their own preferred learning styles. Exactly what is a teacher' What does he/she do' And maybe just as important, who and what is a student'
In an ESL environment how do we find the balance that best allows us to teach and us to learn'
In an attempt to find the role of a teacher it is perhaps best to ask what makes a good teacher' The following answers are a representative of what ESL teachers and students said.
They should make their lessons interesting so you don't fall asleep in them (Mature student at a private English School)
A teacher must love her job. If she really enjoys her job that'll make the lessons more interesting
(Adult teacher in England)
I like the teacher who has his own personality and doesn't hide it from the students so that he is not only a teacher but a person as well ' and it comes through the lessons,
Judging by the previous responses most students enjoy being entertained and amused. However, a balance has to be reached between entertainment and teaching/learning. The character and personality of the teacher is a crucial issue in the classroom, but the role of the teacher is to establish a good professional relationship with the students.
A good teacher should try and draw out the quiet ones and control the more talkative ones.
It's important that you can talk to the teacher when you have problems and you don't get along with the subject.
A good teacher is''.someone who helps rather than shouts.
The last comment was said by a high school student, and reflects how many students feel about discipline. The people who resent bad behavior most are not teachers, but other students who feel their time is being wasted. A fundamental role of a teacher is how to manage and how to control boisterous classes.
The ability to control and inspire a class is one of the fundamental skills of teaching. Teachers find it much easier if their students believe that they are genuinely interested in them and available for them. Research called 'Making Sense of Teaching' selected a group of good teachers and chosen by their pupils; they wanted to find out how these 'good' teachers did their job so they ask them about teaching.
The most obvious common feature of the different teacher's accounts was that in response to the question about teaching they almost always talked about what their pupils were doing.
A conclusion based on this may be that a good teacher is someone who cares more about their students learning then they do about their own teaching.
Is the role of a good teacher to speak and educate their class by talking or let students talk more and keep TTT down to a minimum' Getting students to speak, to use the language they are learning is a vital part of a teacher's job. Students are the ones who need the practice, not the teacher. In general terms the role of the teacher is to maximize STT and minimize STT, but where at appropriate moments during the lesson the teacher is not afraid to summarize what is happening, tell a story, enter into discussion etc.
In conclusion, teachers who enjoy their work and their students are motivated, energized and creative. The opposite of enjoyment is burnout, the state where no one and nothing can spark any interest. Enjoying you work and enjoying your students may be tow different things. Focusing too much on content may make students feel extraneous, misunderstood or left out. Focusing exclusively on students., without an eye for content, may make students feel; understood and appreciated, but may not help them to achieve their educational goals. The role of a teacher, indeed the role of a good teacher is achieving a balance between the two extremes. It takes time and attention, it demands that he/she observe closely, evaluate carefully and act on their findings but good teachers use their common sense and experience to get the balance right.
How to teach English, Jeremy Harmer
Learning Teaching, J Scrivener
Making Sense of Teaching, Brown & McIntyre
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