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ESL Teacher's Responsibilities in a Modern Classroom

ESL Teacher's Responsibilities in a Modern Classroom | ITTT | TEFL Blog

Teaching is considered an activity of imparting knowledge, skills, attitude, and value from one person to another. The one who is more knowledgeable and skilled and imparts the knowledge, skills, philosophy, and value is the teacher, while the other person who receives the knowledge, skills, philosophy, and value is the learner. Teachers play some critical roles in the school, and below are some of them.

This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate George D. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.

1. How to correctly instruct ESL students

First and foremost, when we think of the classroom, we usually think of the instruction role of the teacher. The conventional view of the classroom teacher is a person who transmits knowledge to pupils. Guided by the coursebook, syllabus, and curriculum and the teacher must determine what knowledge is essential. Then the teacher tells the students what they must know through various methods such as lectures, storytelling, demonstration, discussion, the use of authentic and creative materials.

2. Effective evaluation

Adding to that, evaluating students' achievement in the whole instructional program is a role of the teacher. It is the role of the teacher to conduct a practical assessment of the student's achievement through tests. This will enable the teacher to determine the extent and rate of the students' progress, determine the students' strengths and weaknesses so that appropriate remedial measures could be instituted, reward and encourage students, and inform parents of the child's progress.

3. Classroom management principles

Furthermore, the teacher plays an administrative or management role in the classroom. At the classroom level, just as in the school, teachers need to exercise efficient control over the pupil or learners, the resources at their disposal, and the various learning programs to ensure that learning proceeds efficiently. The administrative role relates to planning, policymaking, organizing, student control, students accountability, interpreting the syllabus and timetable.

4. Positive guidance

In addition to that, the teacher's role is to help his students to develop their potential for intellectual, moral, and physical growth to the end that this will ensure the student become free individual within our democratic ways of life. The teacher can confirm this by promoting a cordial relationship with the student.

Also, the teacher plays the role of guidance and counseling. This can be done by the teacher monitoring the student's educational progress and advise or assist those underachieving. The teacher may also help students make educational choices of subject course or institution and career choices that greatly influence their future.

5. Ecological discipline building

Lastly, the teacher must discipline his class. He must act as a disciplinarian by creating order both in the classroom and outside it. The teacher is expected to show an excellent example in this area of orderliness and cleanliness. A learner must be controlled by force or persuasion but not hatred. It is fair to conclude that the teacher's responsibilities cannot be easily defined or overlooked. However, what is certain is that there are fundamental roles and duties of the teacher who have far-reaching complications on the whole educational process, as a professional, dealing with the intellectual, physical, and moral development of children within the context of an organized institution and community. The teacher needs to know and pay these roles conscientiously if he or she is to function effectively.

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