ERIC Number: EJ1061364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
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Reflecting on Teacher-Student Relations in TESOL
Farrell, Thomas S. C.
ELT Journal, v69 n1 p26-34 Jan 2015
Research in general education suggests that relationship-building is at the core of quality learning experiences. Yet relationship-building has not received the attention, it deserves from researchers in the field of TESOL where teacher-student relationships of various types are a central component in successful teaching and learning. This article examines the perspectives of three experienced English as a Second Language teachers on teacher-student relationships and the nature and importance of personal and emotional investment in relationship-building, elicited during group discussions in a teacher reflection group in Canada. Results indicate that the entertainer-audience pedagogical relationship was important for all three teachers, but also raised questions for them which they had to address. In addition, setting boundaries for teacher-student relationships and the issue of student responsibility were reflected on by all three teachers.
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Language Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Responsibility, Reflection, Teacher Attitudes, Group Discussion, Foreign Countries, Audience Awareness, Teaching Methods
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Identifiers - Location: Canada