Hello, everyone! I am an English and Portuguese teacher, and of course, I always try to improve my work.
If you would like to help me by giving me some inspiration :P
I'd like you to think about the best language teacher you ever had: what makes him/her the best?
I'm a very active student on Italki and here it is what makes my teachers the best:
Good internet connection: It's irritating when the connection is bad and you can't hear and see the teacher properly.
Good microphone: Also, bad quality sound turns me off totally.
Organization: All my teachers use google docs or any other type of "interactive board" so I can keep the document for further studies. Teachers who only write in the skype chatbox is not that attractive to me.
Knows what to do: Teachers MUST know how to lead the lesson, it doesn't matter if it's going to be conversation only or a more structured with other activities, they need to know how to lead. Teachers who let the "awkward silence moment" happen is, again, not attractive to me.
All my russian teachers know how to adapt to my level and to my personality as a student. That's a plus. They're happy to change something at last minute if necessary. For instance, I'm not fond of literature and vocabulary in general that doesn't fit the reality in the life of a russian speaking country, so they will never give me "poems, Dostoievski, Tolstoi, Pushkin and etc " as a type of material for the sessions, ever or if they planned an activity but that day of the lesson I'm hyperinteractiv and they end up doing only conversation.
And that's basically what makes them my beloved ones! :)
I can remember one language teacher when I was in school. Why I consider him as my best language teacher is due to the curiosity in his face while teaching. First, he tried to know what a student knows and he knew the technique to explore it in some simple ways. So, before teaching something, he had the map of the knowledge of every student with him. I think it made his job easy and he really could connect himself with others by showing such a great enthusiasm to know. I'm sorry as I'm not a teacher but let me say what I think, a teacher should be such that before starting to teach he should have the knowledge about the student's knowledge. For example, I know all the forms of tense, but without knowing it, if a teacher starts to teach me that then I may feel boring and it may snatch away my interest to listen to his teaching.
So, a teacher should be a good learner before s/he starts to teach. A teacher should have the knowledge of what s/he is going to teach but the most important thing he should have is the way to deliver that knowledge. S/He should not stick to one method because the method that s/he is used to may not necessarily go well with all the students. So, calibrating oneself according to the student's radius of knowledge may help the student imbibing the teaching the most.