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Teach English in Dongjing Zhen - Baise Shi — Bose
As a current Assistant Language Teacher in Japan without formal training in TEFL, I think that this unit taught me how to formally describe my work in the classroom, how to categorize my students by their English abilities, and how to examine teacher student relationships. For the one year that I have been teaching in Japan so far, I have been every single role that was described in this chapter. For example, prompter, model, facilitator, etc. However, I did not realize that there were formal categorizations for the roles. This helps me understand the roles better as well as what I have to be careful of when acting as that role in the classroom. Next, in my classes, the students are not divided by level. This seems to be quite problematic in some classes are some students would find material too difficult and some other students would find material too easy. Being able to classify students official would make lesson planning in the future easier as I can focus on what students need to do or study to reach the next level of progression. Lastly, the whole chapter focuses on what it means to be a teacher and what it means to be a learner. While I've always thought that teachers should also be learners, being able to read about what it means to be a teacher and a learner in the classroom helped solidify the way I view teaching and how I should act in the classroom.