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What Do YOU Think? - What does It Take To Be A Teacher?
Our Competition Results
Last month we asked you to tell us what you think is required to be a teacher. You were limited to 5 ideas or things. Thank you very much to all who entered - we are impressed by your ideas and professionalism. Here are excerpts from the winning entrants - they all won a one-month gold English-To-Go.com membership or a refund of their existing membership for one month.

"A teacher needs to have an attitude of "withitness". This is a skill that a teacher develops through experience and is having social emotional competence. Basically knowing the students' characters, interests and how to engage them in learning the topic and with each other so that the teacher knows what is happening at all times in the classroom with the students..." Donna Webster

"...Keep the lesson interesting and try to use the student's hobbies etc. in the lesson - I find if I can relate the lesson to something the student understands and is excited about, he/she is more receptive and stays focused. The worst thing is when you feel that the student is losing interest and getting bored. So keep the lessons exciting, bring in an activity when you see the student fading and give homework, e.g. Comprehension relating to something the student is doing in his/her life. (Of course this is for one on one or small classes.) I once taught 3 Indian Computer Programmers English - I was so educated by the end of the course in Programming, I could have written my own programme! I used computer stories, jokes, examples etc. so that they could relate to the content..." Janine Goodson, South Africa

..."INSTRUCTION - Teach students at their level, Observe other teachers, Refrain from lecturing or “Textbook Teaching”, Avoid homework overload, Encourage active student participation, Vary your teaching strategies..."MA. Esther Linares, Spain

"1. Total commitment; 2. Love for her job; 3. Respect for her students; 4. Full of energy and life to transmit; 5. Willing to accept new things, ideas to improve herself and her teaching." Carolina Ruiz

"I think that flexibility is often forgotten + empathizing." Nic Van Grootel

"To be a great teacher you need: 1. patience; 2. a loud voice; 3. commitment; 4. understanding; 5. knowledge of your subject." Kerry Lambourne

"...Reflection to consider how to teach better next time, Energy to keep giving out what students need, Good humor to keep things in perspective. And about another zillion skills, qualities and characteristics which we strive for!!" Suzanne Weiss, New Zealand

"...3. prepared to admit that you don't know it all; 4. ability to make your students relaxed; 5. empathy with your students about the challenges of learning." The Rosmans, Australia

"...Strong belief in the inherent potential of each student ..." Law Yekulan

"...professional knowledge, local language knowledge, versatility." Robin, Israel

"...love, method, enthusiastic about teaching." Mamie Flower

"...A great teacher encourages and guides their students to 'discover' answers, information, solutions. 'Discovery' makes students happy.
Happy students think they have a great teacher. And they learn better and retain more when they 'discover' by their own efforts, rather than just being 'given' information. And yes, teachers can learn to make their students 'wonder', want to 'explore', and 'discover', and thus be 'great' teachers.
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Scott Gannon, Bangkok, Thailand

To read the unedited versions of the winners' entries, please look at our 'What makes a good teacher page' on www.english-to-go.com

Best wishes,
The English To Go Team

Newest Resources
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Newest resources in the Teachers’ Room include:

- Cheer Up! - Elementary Instant Lesson
The women are elderly but they love cheerleading. They are 60 to 70 years old but they enjoy cheerleading. The economy is weak in Japan but cheerleading is fun. Hobbies, cheerleading and adjectives.

- Better Late Than Never, Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson
Staff at the Dinnington library are used to people bringing books back late but the package they received last month was different. It contained a paperback which had been borrowed on September 24, 1965. Libraries and late returns, role play and dialog, saying sorry.

- Family Holidays, Intermediate Instant Lesson
The family vacation has changed from the days when kids in the back of the station wagon pestered their parents in front with the unending refrain, "Are we there yet?" When it comes to [saying what to do], it's the kids in the driver's seat and the grandparents who pay. Families, vacations, travel, brainstorming. .

- Switch Off Your Phone!, Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson
Modern Etiquette: Ringing in good mobile phone manners! Modern technology may have provided us with mobile phones and the convenience of instant communication, but it's also created a lot more ways to irritate or offend. Polite behavior, mobile phones and text messaging. .

- Talking About Reading Game - Weekly Warmer
This warmer gives students speaking practice and helps them develop fluency in speaking about a topic.

- Abstract Nouns - An Anna Grammar letter
Anna answers a letter on how to teach the concept of abstract nouns to children.

- Suffixes 1 – Words used for People - Max Vocabulary Worksheet
This is a short worksheet on some suffixes used to make nouns to describe people.

- A Woman's Place? - Instant Workbook - Elementary
Working mums or stay-at-home mums? Opinions seems to be moving! There are 5 exercises to do. (Grammar - most, most of, Listening - numbers.)


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Featured lessons
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Featured Resources include:

- Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Family Words
Talking about families, relations and how we refer to them.

- Need A Granny? - Elementary Instant Lesson
Do you need a granny's love and help? A unit caring for the elderly is helping elderly people find new families. Families who need a grandparent can hire a grandmother or grandfather. Families, the elderly, discussion, matching sentence beginnings and endings.

 
Free lesson
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- Better Late Than Never - Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson
Staff at the Dinnington library are used to people bringing books back late but the package they received last month was different. It contained a paperback first edition of a book which had been borrowed in 1965. Libraries and late returns, borrowing books, scanning, jigsaw reading, role play and dialog, saying sorry.

This month's Point of Interest
This month's Teaching Point comes from the Upper Intermediate level Instant Lesson, "Switch Off Your Phone!".

Be Discreet
Your mobile phone is not a megaphone, so don't shout. Be aware of your surroundings and try not to use your phone in situations where your conversation may disturb others. Be aware that your voice will distract a peaceful train carriage of newspaper-reading commuters or seem intrusive on a crowded bus. Intimate conversations are never appropriate in front of others. Equally, don't use foul language, have full-blooded rows, or talk about money, sex or bodily functions in front of witnesses. Try and respect your own - and other people's - privacy. There are certain places where it is unacceptable to use your phone: for example, art galleries, churches, libraries, hospitals. Respect the rules.

Two's Company
People in the flesh deserve more attention than a gadget, so wherever possible turn off your phone in social situations. Don't put your phone on the dining table, or glance at it longingly mid-conversation. If you are awaiting an important call when meeting someone socially, explain at the outset that you will have to take the call, and apologize in advance. At a party or social gathering, excuse yourself and withdraw somewhere private to make or receive calls. And don't send or read text messages when you are out in company, unless it's urgent. Also, don't carry on mobile phone calls while transacting other business - in banks, shops, on buses and so on. It is insulting not to give people who are serving you your full attention.

Priorities and Purpose
Text messages are ideal for conveying a short, instant message. Don't use them to communicate important information or anything that needs a lengthy explanation. If you have to cancel an appointment, always make a phone call rather than send a text; apologies will be better received this way. There's also no need to use confusing, abbreviated text language. Use as much conventional grammar, spelling and punctuation as possible to make yourself clearly understood. The usual salutations and sign offs can be ignored, assuming the recipient knows who you are.'

Thomson Reuters 2010

User Comments
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Suzanne, Australia

Thank you for all your great resources.
Anthony, USA

The lessons are always so interesting to work with!
Liette


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