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ERIC Number: ED462849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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To Learn, To Die/To Teach, To Kill: The Role of the Teacher in Contemporary Taiwan ESL Classrooms.
Cornberg, David
This paper examines the teacher's role in contemporary English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms in Taiwan. Key figures in this exploration are Confucius, Chuang Tzu, Lao Tzu, Socrates, and Plato. The paper explains how the power of the student meets the power of the teachers. Students' power flows through their freedom and responsibility to accept or reject the teacher's content, style, and person. The more students accept, the more students learn. The more students learn, the more they consent to die in transformations mediated by the teacher. Teachers' power flows through their ability to kill the illusional student composed of ignorance, bad habits, inattention, lack of self-control, and lack of discipline constituted by prior experiences. Teachers' caederic powers depend entirely on the extent to which they have committed the necessary killings in their own lives. Such dyings and killings are presented in terms of the compulsory, the customary, and the authentic. The paper concludes that contemporary Taiwan ESL classrooms are sites where learning as dying and teaching as killing are necessary, possible, and desirable. The paper lays out the dynamic of this "edudrama" with the help of Confucius, Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Socrates, and Plato. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan