What do u think makes an effective Business English Teacher?
Attributes such as:
Skills such as the ability/ willingness to:
* Listen, learn and ask for support.
* Provide an enjoyable learning environment,
* plan effectively
* ensure TNAs done and needs met.
* Ability to think on feet
* Can do attitude
A combination of the above, alongside many more is what i believe to make an effective teacher. It's not all about what you have been taught, it's about you, what you have learnt and how you pass your knowledge and skills onto your students.
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What do you see as being the pros and cons of using Authentic Materials with Business English Students?
The range of readily available Authentic materials is vast, they hold relevance so will be realistic and hands on. Confidentiality is paramount and at times could be overlooked.
These materials are generally up to date, they contain the most recent terminology though if planned to early the information can become outdated.
However for some students these material may not be suitable nor necessary, they can be boring or overwhelming dependant on job role and linguistic knowledge.
Authentic materials have been written for business not teaching, as a result they may contain language which isn't relevant nor suitable to the topic.
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What do you see as being the pros and cons of using Business Simulations with Business English Students?
Business simulations are a fun, relevant reusable activity, which meet the specific needs of the learner if planned and delivered correctly. They provide a great assessment tool for overall feedback of the task, whether it be via self, peer or tutor assessment and correction.
On the other hand they take time to plan in terms of delivery, goals and assessments, with regular reviews, student feedback, a...