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    Building a Better Teacher

    This article is 9 pages long, and it deals with teaching in US public schools, but it is relevant to what we've witnessed in Thailand and elsewhere in EFL.

    Worth a browse.

    Building a Better Teacher



    Link: Building a Better Teacher - NYTimes.com

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    Thanks milky, interesting. Although I'd argue nothing new or earthshattering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Thanks milky, interesting. Although I'd argue nothing new or earthshattering.
    Agreed, interesting yet all too familiar.

    Education's always in a crisis, needing reform, and the solutions are to dictated by an army of politicians and technocratic experts. "Research based," standardized testing, market incentives and all that, yada-yada. Hooray for social science!

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    I understand the boredom and misery my English students (P-4 to P-6) feel from my unsuccessful efforts to learn Thai. Learning a foreign language is a miserable and difficult undertaking. Good article, but hard to apply to ESL teachers here. I try everything I can to make the class bearable including giving out prizes, buying ice cream for the afternoon classes at least once a week, and even breaking the class in half with a 7 minute cartoon in the middle. It helps alleviate the boredom, and it also helps if the children like you. They at least come to my class with a decent attitude.

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