Director of Studies at SGI, Josh Round (@JoshSRound)… also Chair of LONDOSA – London’s DoS group… in discussion with SGI teacher, Bren about what makes a great English teacher and someone that he would consider recruiting.
Josh covers the following topics which explain his thoughts on what contributes to making the ideal TEFL teacher:
- Performance element (Incidentally, I wrote an earlier blog on whether we should let know students about our other lives as performers here)
- Empathy for the students
- Language learning of teachers themselves
- Fun lessons to reduce tension/enhance learning
- TEFL teacher recruitment policy
Do you agree/disagree with the opinions expressed? Is empathy the no#1 characteristic of a great English teacher? Or did we miss something extremely obvious in the discussion?
I know that the legendary, Brad Patterson has had some great posts on the nature of English teaching (becoming a happier teacher by letting go, a quote that defines your teaching & why you became a teacher in the first place) which you should read if you haven’t done already and even though this is not an exhaustive, in-depth discussion (who wants to listen to long audio?) on a very broad theme, we would be very interested to hear your thoughts on what the most crucial characteristic of fantastic teaching is.