Zainab Nizar Karam
Learning language constitutes a concern for both teachers and learners, that’s why teachers have to realize how learning takes place. Learning a language can be done through different ways, such as the use of activities that encourages discussions about real life situations, which is also one of the communicative approach basic principles, in addition to two more principles including, task principle which refers to activities in which language is used for carrying out meaningful tasks that promote learning, and finally, meaningfulness principle, using language that is useful for the learner and consequently supports the learning process. Hence, learning activities are selected according to how well they engage the learner in meaningful and authentic language use. I believe when students are exposed to the language that they need ,and the language they encounter during their daily life, it will assist them to acquire the language easily, and will make them use it spontaneously with confidence.
My objectives regarding long terms as an English language teacher are to motivate my students, and encourage them to speak English, not only during their lessons, but everywhere, every time, and with everyone. Regarding short term goals, I try to assist my students to improve their pronunciation, because most students avoid speaking particularly for feeling that their English is inferior. Moreover, increasing students proficiency in writing, which constitute a very difficult part for them and most try to avoid it, through teaching them how to brainstorm, and collect their ideas to form a text. I also take into consideration my students’ needs and weak points, which skills they need to be improved. Hence, these objectives can change according to whom I am teaching, and what are their needs.
As an English language teacher, I believe that communicative approach can be the best approach for teaching English language for many reasons. First and most important reason is that language is basically learned and taught to enable people to interact and communicate with each other, not to memories a structure. Also this approach includes the use of authentic materials which in its turn can be very beneficial for the students, and expose them to real situations that they might face during their daily life. Through this approach I can assist my students to improve their use of language in different contexts. I also take into consideration my students reaction to the activities and techniques I use, and try to find out their preferred teaching style. As for students, they should have active role, not passive and depending on their teacher, in the class, that’s why I try to make my lessons learner-centered, which gives them more opportunities to interact.
I believe that students willingness to use the language without hesitation, or fear of committing mistakes, and their active interaction with me and with their classmates, in addition to their ability in participating in a variety of activities can be the best ways of assessing my achievement.
Finally, throughout my teaching process, I also learn and develop my teaching method. I learn more about teaching through attending conferences, and through my colleagues by discussions or observing their own classes. I try to include the use of technology in my teaching process as well to add more enthusiasm to the whole class, particularly this generation is addicted to the use of technology, so this gives me a chance to use this addiction and find the most contemporary technological tools that help to improve my teaching style.
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