Teacher Characteristics That Affirm Learner Potential

Adapted from M. Finocchiaro, The Crucial Variable in TESOLD: The TeacherSpeech delivered at the Lackland Air Force Base, English Language Branch, Defense Language InstituteMarch 1974 Superior teachers are committed to the principle that all normal people can learn. They modify curriculum content as they ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of learners and--with older students--their aspirations. … Continue reading Teacher Characteristics That Affirm Learner Potential

The Responsibility to Publish

While I am dazzled by the extraordinary qualities of teachers, I have not failed to notice a serious flaw, one which deprives communities, universities, and teaching organizations of the contributions teachers can and must make to the profession. You have a major responsibility to write about your philosophy, your theories, your techniques, and your successes. … Continue reading The Responsibility to Publish

Features of Successful Language Classes

From Howard B. Altman, What Is second language teaching? In J. E. Alatis, H. B. Altman, & P. M. Alatis (Eds.), The second language classroom. Oxford University Press, 1981. In the spring of 1961, a team of five foreign language teachers and specialists undertook a qualitative assessment of language teaching around the United States. ...Team … Continue reading Features of Successful Language Classes