Not everyone can teach a language, no matter how many diplomas, certificates they have. The main ingredient is being able to communicate with your students at a very personal level. To do this you must love both; teaching and people.
If you are a ppassionate teacher you will inevitably transmit your enthusiasm to your students. You will encourage them to communicate, and learn.
We remember things that make an emotional impression on us. So, a teacher’s job is to become involved in the learning process, and participate with the students. A teacher can’t talk to students. A teacher has to converse with them and connect.
A Good Language Teacher:
- Motivates students.
- Presents material that is relevant and fun.
- Presents material students can relate to.
- Is interested in what people have to say.
- Is your friend.
- Corrects in a way that the student doesn’t feel embarrassed or threatened.
- Doesn’t bring the phone to class and texts!
- Is 100% there!
- When students are involved in a pair-work exercise, the teacher is there helping out, not scribbling and taking time out!
- Keeps what is said in class private. Just like “Vegas.”
- Makes people feel comfortable.
- Encourages even the shy to participate, but knows how far to push.
- Leaves personal problems outside the class.
- Doesn’t discuss his/her salary or complains about her job. (this is a no-brainer)
- Encourages students to ask questions, trying to keep them relevant. If they are not, they are discussed after class.
- Enjoys the class as much as his/her students.
- Cares about the students.
- Constantly evaluates how to improve his/her skills and approach better reach students.
If this is your teacher, you are lucky! You will learn! Keep them, they are gifted!