Wednesday, March 19, 2008

ESL Teachers: Does experience matter?

One question that sometimes comes up regarding ESL/EFL teachers is whether experience makes a better teacher or not, and if so, to what extent. Furthermore, is all experience the same in quality. In other words, if you could choose between a new teacher with less than 6 months of experience in the classroom or a teacher with 10 years of experience, who would you want as your teacher? How about 20 years of experience? Would it matter what subject you were studying: grammar, writing, listening/speaking, or reading? Please share your ideas on the topic.

Randall

2 comments:

  1. Dear Randall,

    I would say that a teacher with experience no matter How old are they. He/she might be better than instructor who lacking experinece. The reason is that the teacher with experience has learned from a lot of mistakes which he/she made and has modified his/her teaching techniques for a while. Although a new staff who owns his/her passion and expertise, he/she doesn't know how to deal with the sticky situiations in classroom. For example, when one student asks what's history of America. The teacher would answer that " Oh, it is a good question and it's really hard. Actually, I didn't know about yet. Sometimes, students would be upset to meet the young teachers. However, the exciting things would be that the new instructors are more creative and more energetic. So, it depends on what kind of teachers who students met in classroom. It's also good luck for every students.

    Best,

    Jenny Hsieh

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  2. I believe more experienced teachers have a lot more to offer their sts in terms of knowledge of the language and everything. However, some teachers think that for being in the teaching field for years, they don't need to take refresh courses or keep up with current issues regarding language teaching. This is indeed a big mistake. To sum it up, it doesn't really matter how long a teacher has been in the teaching field if s/he doesn't keep up with current events.

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Thanks for posting a comment. I appreciate your interesting in sharing your ideas.

Best,

Randall