Describing Good Teachers

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Describing good teachers: How should good English teachers be? 1. Introduction When a person thinks about an English teacher, the image of a neat person in front of a classroom talking with an interesting accent and with a marker in her hand comes to most of our minds. There are many types of teachers that people have to deal with during our school life. Students tend to categorize them as good or bad teachers. Some students think that good teachers are the ones who create a good environment in the classroom, prepare interesting lessons, search for the appropriate materials for them; besides, they are funny, knowledgeable, flexible and comprehensive. So, this paper will discuss factors that determine teaching performance and the characteristics…show more content…
According to Harmer (2007: 24) there is not an ideal personality, but that has to do with teachers’ attitude and reactions towards events that occur during the lesson. So, the best point to consider in teachers’ personality would be demonstrating a positive attitude and their responses while taking decisions during the class, that is what students see at that moment. From their adaptability, we can take into consideration two points while describing good teachers which are, as Harmer (2007:25) discusses, the flexibility and the ability to take advantage of every single event to their favor so that help to succeed. Harmer also agrees that good teachers have to encourage motivation and respect the learner, because creating a good relationship in the class is a proof of upright rapport in the lesson. Scrivener (2005: 24) agrees that good teachers have to create an atmosphere where the empathy and the authenticity are effective to complement the rapport in a lesson. All of these aspects are really important to consider when describing good English teachers because students look for feeling comfortable with teachers with such features, in order for students to feel secure enough to make questions and receive the most appropriate answers, which allow them developing their skills in learning a second…show more content…
Being in front of a group of people implies a lot of preparation to deal with different kinds of learners, being flexible, adapting activities according to students’ needs, designing different materials, planning a meaningful and pleasant lesson in order for learning to occur. Good teachers have to perform different roles such as model, monitor, guide, controller, assessor or tutor, during the lesson according to the situation. As a result, good teachers need to objectively control, motivate, evaluate, guide, respect, give acceptable information, to the students and make them know they are important in the learning process so that lead students to correctly communicate in English, not only in the classroom but outside of
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