What Makes a Good EFL Teacher?
What makes a good EFL teacher? "How long is a piece of string?" springs to mind but the answer may be much simpler than you think, because you
probably tick many of the boxes already. You're probably asking this question because you are already or soon plan to be an EFL teacher. This means
that you probably like working with people, that you prefer variety to routine, and that you are don't mind taking calculated risks. As a rule,Teaching
English as a Foreign Language is one of the most satisfying jobs you can do because the vast majority of learners are highly-motivated, so all you
need to do is try to recognise which aspect of your teaching skills needs to be used at any given time. Below are some suggestions about the different
roles you'll find yourself playing - all of which combine to make a good teacher.
The Party Host
This job is about getting people chatting and communicating as much as possible, so a good EFL teacher needs to be approachable and create a
friendly atmosphere in which plenty of communication can take place. At times this means you are more of a facilitator, rather like the host at a party,
making sure each class member interacts with the others. You should organise and set up activities whereby the class get to know one another and
talk freely about their opinions and their lives, just as they would if they met through a mutual friend. As any good host would, once they get chatting,
just stand back and quietly observe; only join in when the conversation dries up. This minimizes your 'Teacher Talking Time' and maximises 'Student
Talking Time', which is one of your main goals as a teacher. You simply need to have a great big smile on your face and a welcoming attitude towards
your class members.
If you are new to EFL teaching, you might not feel like much of an expert yet. But you do have expertise because you can speak English better than
your students, so you certainly have something valuable to share. A good EFL teacher may not know every single