Investing in English...

Publié le 6 Mars 2016

Having taught English and coached in English for over 35 years I still fail to understand how so many teachers get through their teaching career with one or two books... or even none at all...

I have always said and practiced that a good teacher should be a good learner and ring the changes... and what about those people ?

I have invested and collected hundred of books as teaching material and more collateral material and written more than 15 myself... I have spent thousands of hours listening to podcasts while commuting... and collecting and saving them so as to include them in my lessons... I have furthered my teaching with a number of training courses... all of this amounts to a library that overloads one of the rooms at home from floor to ceiling... and I am the only one I know in thousands of teachers who goes round towing a case with computer and books... so as to have a maximum options and audio and visual support in my classes... I can put anything out of my stock at any time... at the drop of a hat... on any subject ranging from medical to architectural and engineering or even cooking and art...

I have never seen a hundredth of what I have at home even in the bigger and best equipped language schools... that says a lot for their teaching...

Publishers don't give so many specimens now... and in some countries they're even illegal... so how do those teachers manage... if they don't invest in their own books and go for new course books ? And what do they do in their classes ? A student's books is the basis of a successful training in English... for many reasons... not to mention the fact that it saves the students a lot of time jotting notes down... as well as in their own organisation !

There is a trend for conversation classes... at any level... about anything... in actual facts anything goes... truth of the matter is most of the time those classes are not planned nor organized and students end up in gibberish when it's not the teacher speaking most of the time... and in group conversation classes, I'm regularly told those sessions soon revert to the native language... and English is forgotten... the same goes for films...

Most of them have never been near any audio material either...

Furthermore conversation classes only bear fruit if they are part of an extensive and thorough course plan... where the student is involved... or else all the benefits are lost... and most teachers would do that imagine their students understand and progress... only because the students claim to understand -often to get rid of the subject as quickly as possible- or think they understand... as they imagine from whatever they have really understood -often amounting to peanuts- my answer is... given a test on the understanding and see how they flop !

There is safety in numbers and there is value in ringing the changes... especially for Business English... the world around us is constantly changing... and so is the language... new words appear regularly... and old words become obsolete and fall into oblivion...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

Continue reading :

http://www.amazon.fr/Comprehensive-Teacher-TEFL-Companion-English-ebook/dp/B00BH3M7BO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1457254313&sr=8-1&keywords=the+comprehensive+teacher+jesse+craignou

Rédigé par Jesse CRAIGNOU

Publié dans #Teaching - Training & Coaching in Words

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