Theatrical Philosophy of Teaching ESL

Classroom before - chiew

As I grew up surrounded by teachers in my family, it was little surprise that I also wanted to join that field.  Nonetheless, I could have never imagined where in the world this incredibly inspiring profession would take me.

My ESL teaching ideology is deeply rooted in my passion for the performing arts.  My classrooms all contain hints of what I carry with me from my theatrical experience and degree in Theatre.

As an ESL instructor, I see this type of classroom as a “rehearsal space” for a much larger and more important performance: real life.  A teacher must come to know and understand students as a director would with its actors.  Neither a teacher nor a theatre director is there to provide all of the answers.  Instead, we are here to guide, to coach, and to inspire the learners.  The relationship we build in the classroom, or rehearsal space, should instill a sense of energy for students to want to learn and grow with the new language.

Like a director, who must bring forth useful tools for actors, a teacher is responsible for creating materials and demonstrating the devices required to succeed in the art of language learning, be it for reading, writing, listening, or speaking.  Naturally, all of these skills overlap and are used together in real life performance; therefore, a teacher needs to assist in this real-life preparation while acknowledging students’ different learning styles and aspirations.  From there, an instructor can implement effective lessons accordingly.

Most importantly, an ESL teacher must be willing to go an extra step to provide a comfortable learning space that allows students to achieve confidence: confidence to use new language outside of the classroom; confidence that they can achieve their goals if they work hard; confidence to not be afraid to make mistakes; and confidence to never stop exploring.  This will surely make them ready for the real stage, which is the whole reason teachers should step into the classroom to begin with.

The Three Cuckolds

 

 

 

 
Creative Commons License photo credit: Lower Columbia College

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Theatrical Philosophy of Teaching ESL

Classroom before - chiew

As I grew up surrounded by teachers in my family, it was little surprise that I also wanted to join that field.  Nonetheless, I could have never imagined where in the world this incredibly inspiring profession would take me.

My ESL teaching ideology is deeply rooted in my passion for the performing arts.  My classrooms all contain hints of what I carry with me from my theatrical experience and degree in Theatre.

As an ESL instructor, I see this type of classroom as a “rehearsal space” for a much larger and more important performance: real life.  A teacher must come to know and understand students as a director would with its actors.  Neither a teacher nor a theatre director is there to provide all of the answers.  Instead, we are here to guide, to coach, and to inspire the learners.  The relationship we build in the classroom, or rehearsal space, should instill a sense of energy for students to want to learn and grow with the new language.

Like a director, who must bring forth useful tools for actors, a teacher is responsible for creating materials and demonstrating the devices required to succeed in the art of language learning, be it for reading, writing, listening, or speaking.  Naturally, all of these skills overlap and are used together in real life performance; therefore, a teacher needs to assist in this real-life preparation while acknowledging students’ different learning styles and aspirations.  From there, an instructor can implement effective lessons accordingly.

Most importantly, an ESL teacher must be willing to go an extra step to provide a comfortable learning space that allows students to achieve confidence: confidence to use new language outside of the classroom; confidence that they can achieve their goals if they work hard; confidence to not be afraid to make mistakes; and confidence to never stop exploring.  This will surely make them ready for the real stage, which is the whole reason teachers should step into the classroom to begin with.

The Three Cuckolds

 

 

 

 
Creative Commons License photo credit: Lower Columbia College

Creative Commons License photo credit: eltpics

 

 

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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