Teachers , Learners and Students

Types  of Teachers

Types  of Teachers

I  have never  used  a placement  test  because   that  ‘s  out  of the sphere  of  my  responsibility   so I  focus  on teaching the  students  who are registered  in the  class  so  I end  up   having around  30  students  and  all of  them at  different  levels  which makes  my teaching  way more difficult than usual.

Sometimes I got students  who are starting to learn the language  but they  pick up  on English  fast and some of them  don’t seem  to be learning much.  when that happens I usually think about my role  as  a  teacher  and   their role as  students

Trying to understand both  roles  in this process ,I  began looking up  definitions  on Wikipedia  and  I like the definition of  student .

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A student is a learner, or someone who attends an educational institution

That means  that  I  always  end  up having  two types  of  students in my  classes ,  the one  who is a learner and the one  who regularly attends to classes so  I love  the definition and I like the idea  that  these are not my words so I  am not  making all this up.

  Wikipedia  also defines  an  English Language Learner in this way

An English-language learner (often capitalized as English-Language Learner or abbreviated to ELL) is a person who is learning the English language in addition to their native language.

while  checking that definition  I  read also  about  issues  in the  English Classroom and some of them  have to do  with  the teachers.

Teacher attitude

The fourth critical issue is the attitudes of the teachers which plays a major role in the ESL classroom. Some teachers may have a negative, unwelcoming attitude. Research shows that teachers negative attitudes may stem from “chronic lack of time to address ELLs’ unique classroom needs”, “intensification of teachers workloads when ELLs are enrolled in mainstream classes”, and “feels of profession inadequacy to work with ELLS”. Also, the lack of training will have a huge impact on their teaching practices and professional development. The teachers will then be stressed and nervous to go about a lesson. Their anxiety will roll over into the classroom and have a negative impact on the ESL students’ performances. “Teachers’ language-acquisition misconceptions may color their attitudes towards ELLs and ELL inclusion, leading educators to misdiagnose learning difficulties or misattribute student failure to lack of intelligence or effort”.By providing a good learning environment, it will have a positive effect on the students overall success in terms of linguistic, social, cognitive, and academic developments. Systematic Integration of Culture, Literature and other Disciplines

so  We all  have  roles,  I don’t   want to  find  myself  in the position  that  teachers are perfect  and   that  students  with very poor grades don’t  put much effort  in learning the language because   lots of  elements  come  into play  such as

  • Students  with different levels.
  • Classroom  packed  with students.
  • Bad attitude  of  students.
  • Bad attitudes of  teachers.
  • Students  who are  unmotivated.
  • Students in their  silent period.
  • Students  who don’t  study hard.
  • Students  in the  wrong  major.

It seems  like there  is a lot   that needs  to be done and lots of things   to take into account  but  I know   one thing for sure, If  you  work   hard  ,  something   good  is   gonna happen  to  your English  , No  doubt  about it .

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