Month: November 2014

My Teacher Persona

I took a teacher personality test a while ago. The test was neither serious or scientific based on the questions it asked, but I found the six possible teaching personalities to be interesting to look into. After finishing the test, my answer came back as “fair and balanced” which suited me well because that is how I see myself. I’d like to be the popular teacher, but I can think of a few reasons why I wouldn’t be. When it comes to my students, fair and balanced is something I try to work into everything I do. I try...

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Thanksgiving Note

Last year, around Christmas, I wrote a post about this and that, and I mentioned my friend Paul, who works with me at training school I work for in China. At the time there were also other wonderful people around me at school. Some have since left, and others I just didn’t know as well, as I do now. Today is Thanksgiving, so I thought I would share a few things that I am grateful for. You can say a lot about working somewhere, but there are many factors to consider, when you decide whether a place is a...

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Characteristics of a Great ESL Teacher

Knowing your students has, for me, always been one of the most important tools. By getting, to know my students I can establish a relationship with them, a relationship, in which, I am not just a foreign teacher that they have to listen to, but also a person who also has thoughts and feelings, as they do. I want to know about their lives, their hobbies and interest and in return, they want to know about mine.

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Why I use my student’s native language in class

… and why I know I shouldn’t   I admit. I might very well speak a little too much Chinese to my Chinese students during class, and I know my supervisor has advised me to focus more on speaking English in class all the time. I completely understand the idea of immersing the students in an all-English environment at school, but when you are teaching young children, like I am, who, before they started your class, had little to no English capabilities at all, I find it impossible to never use Chinese with my students, and expect to keep...

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