Why Stop Teaching?

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  1. I completely agree with what you say here! It is always a struggle for me, however, when teaching TOEIC & TOEFL, because in many ways I am the expert 🙂 However, I think I did more teacher-centric teaching when I first began to teach ESL, because I was less confident of a teacher–on some unconscious level I felt that I had to be the authority figure in the room or the students would not listen to me. I think that was also caused by the fact that when I first was teaching ESL tests I didn’t have a clear idea of good test strategies/methods; in essence, insecurity caused me to try and create an overly-controlled classroom environment.

    Now, I try as much as possible to get my students to work together. One thing I going to try this month in my TOEFL class is have the students work in pairs on different questions from their partner–then they have to explain their answers to someone who has never seen the question. The goal of this is to get the students to verbalize their thought process more, enabling greater consciousness on how they think, and helping them make epiphanies about what they might be missing when it comes to looking for clues in TOEFL reading passages.

    Do you have any techniques that you use that help elicit more student-to-student interactions?

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