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Learn from your colleagues

Any field of learning requires a lineup of capable teachers who not only know about the subject they are teaching, but also about the correct techniques and pedagogical tools required to properly convey that knowledge to their students. Teaching is a very consuming yet rewarding task, so only people who are truly passionate about it can really pull it off. Teachers will need encouragement and support from a group of peers in order to endure the wearing task of teaching as well as renew their passion every day.

Now regarding teaching expertise, you as a teacher can also learn from your colleagues, and teach them things as well. There are few things in this life that educate more than experience, and a group of professionals will always have more shared experienece than each one of them individually. You can nourish your repertoire of techniques and useful anecdotes if you exchange your experiences and your knowledge with a group of peers.

The purpose of associations of teachers is to allow people who work in education make synergic connections with each other, share their experiences and provide feedback that, hopefully, will help each other become better at what they do. They can share information about actualization meetings, workshops and new teaching techniques that are currently being tested as an alternative to traditional teaching methods, and see how much they actually work in the classroom.

You can learn from your colleagues by becoming associated with other teachers and attending meetings, and you will be a far better teacher than you could ever be by yourself.

The growing field of Business English

English as a subject for learning is being more and more requested as each year passes. Globalization is in full effect and there is a big and real gap between those who speak English and those who don't. Being an English teacher for speakers of other languages is becoming a more and more profitable job year after year, because this is no longer a cultuar extension subject or a personal interest thing, but rather, an actual business investment that will see returns in terms of money. Any Business language school, especially a Business English school, will tell you the same thing: more and more students arrive and try to expand their knowledge in the language in order to interact with potential customers, suppliers and even partners that don't share the same language, thus breaking geographical and cultural barriers.

If you want to teach a business English course, you are more than likely to find enough students to fill up your classroom. However, you will also find a fierce competition, because many other theachers will be offering the same services, so you have to make sure you give good, useful and engaging classes so students will want to stay with you. Business English courses are often relatively short, so you will see a quick rotation of students.

Becoming a part of a Teacher's association will help you develop better tools for a comprehensive and useful Business English program that will help you a great deal in your field. Promote yourself as a Business English teacher and you will always have students requesting for a seat on your classroom.

English Teachers and pedagogical updates

The teaching environment has changed in the past few years and now traditional teching approaches designed in the XVIII century are combined with modern and post-modern models that are better for some students, yet worse for others. As a teacher, you have to both extend your repertoire of teaching approaches, while at the same time detect which one is more convenient for each group of students.

This way, you will be able to adapt to the needs of your students and so you will improve their learning experience.

When you become associated with other teachers, they can show you new teaching methods you had never hear of, or at least, never tried out before. English lessons can be far more engaging for your students if you manage to find the setting that best suits their own learning process. Some students will prefer a traditional classroom setting while other will make better use of informal English lessons, some will get more motivated with group interactions while others will learn faster in a one-on-one setting.

If you feel you aren't quite nailing the style of teaching your students need, you can always ask your colleagues for advice. Their opinion might help you se things you didnt' see before, and realize the changes that need to be made in order to improve the learning experience.


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