Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondTeachers are certainly capable of having a huge influence on student learning. I'm sure you remember your favourite teacher from school. In this video, you'll hear teachers reflecting on their professional role. As you watch, think about how you see your role as a teacher. Does it change during a lesson or with different learners? Has it changed since you started teaching? Let's see what the teachers thought.

Skip to 0 minutes and 31 secondsIt's very difficult to define a teacher's role, because if you are in primary grade, the primary school, if you are teaching primary kids, your role is teaching English, facilitator, and all the roles in the book. After that you have to play the role of a parent. And that role, parental role is remain, even though you're teaching in universities. So you have to play different roles. And then you are quite capable of such acting, honestly speaking as Aristotle and Shakespeare said, be actors in society. Teachers can be the best actors because they have to. Sometimes we have to forget our personal problems and work in the classes. So I think different roles we have to play.

Skip to 1 minute and 18 secondsI think being-- having a kind of empathy, and understanding about the students, is very important. I mean, you don't learn by just assimilating or absorbing what the teacher is saying and hope when you walk out of the class you'd be OK. You need to be actively involved. So this is what then I would say to teachers. We are central, but I see our role more as that of catalysts. That we get into that class, we create excitement, and then we stand back and we monitor from the side as learners learn. We create a situation for them to learn, and then we walk along with them as they learn, guiding their ways around learning.

Your role

This week is all about managing the lesson. This includes the decisions and actions that language teachers take on a daily basis in the classroom to facilitate learning and support their learners to improve their English.

Let’s start this week by thinking about the role of the teacher. John Hattie, in his Visible Learning research considered the teacher as key to the learner’s success.

Watch the video above where teachers talk about how they see their role.

  • Do you agree with the teachers’ views?
  • How do you see your role as a teacher?

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