What makes a good English teacher?. 金 利 民 北京外国语大学英语学院 firstname.lastname@example.org. Outline. Why the topic? Qualities of a good English teacher Reflective teaching Action research: What, why and how? Teaching and research: rivals or friends?. 1. Why the topic.
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金 利 民
“Good teaching isn’t about technique”. Good teachers are “people who have some sort of connective capacity, who connect themselves to their students, their students to each other, and everyone to the subject being studied”.
(Palmer, 1999, p. 27)
have a sense of purpose,
have expectations of success for all students, tolerate ambiguity,
demonstrate a willingness to adapt and change to meet student needs,
are comfortable with not knowing,
reflect on their work,
learn from a variety of models,
enjoy their work and their students.
(Marie F. Hassett, 2000)
Wu’s study (2005)
Four dimensions for the qualities of good English teachers in Chinese universities:
professional capacity for TEFL;
professional outlook and professional ethics;
conception of foreign language teaching;
learning and professional development.
For 78.4% of the participants, “reflective teaching” is the most important means of self-development.
Reflection is “active, persistent and careful consideration of any belief or practice in light of the reasons that support it and the further consequences to which it leads” .
(John Dewey, cited in Zeichner & Liston, 1996, p. 9).
Reflective teaching is not just thinking about teaching. It should involve “critical examination of our motivation, thinking, and practice” (Bailey, Curtis & Nunan, 2004, p. 39) .
Action research is context-based,
data-based, problem-focused aiming at improvement (Wallace, 1998).
For our professional development!!
To improve teaching and to get published!
-- Choosing a topic
-- Preparing a working bibliography
-- Collecting information: library research
-- Specifying the research question(s) and
-- Collecting and analysing empirical data
-- Outlining and writing the paper/report to your department
Are they friends or rivals?
Thank you! teachers?