Is love an essential or complementary element in teaching language ?

Maybe the question of the extent of the importance of loving your job is being one of the most controversial issues among people who are divided to two groups. The first one see it as a primary element and the other one look at it as a complementary element.

In my opinion, one of the most crucial qualifications that should be possessed by the employee and evaluated by the employer is “Loving the job”. Especially, when this job is being a teacher. In this case loving the job becomes a standard for success, pivotal characteristic, and a criterion decides if this teacher deserves to be described as a good teacher or not. Loving the job is not about some feelings in your heart but it’s the set of behaviors, accomplishments, progresses, and outcomes that you achieve.

Firstly, actions of the teacher reflect his appreciation of his position. Teachers should be aware of the sensitivity of their role in building the society and behave according to it. For instance, the punctual teacher who comes and ends the class on time plants inside his students the significance of time and tells them in non-verbal language “every minute equals money”. Another example, I notice in some schools teachers say bad words to their students. This in turn will send an ill massage to the students and reduce the value of the morality. Such case emphasize that some teachers don’t deserve to be teachers and they aren’t aware of the seriousness of their role. So, you should take care of your behaviors inside and outside the class.

Secondly, caring about your students inside and outside the classroom is a form of how to love your job. Teachers must put their students in the position of the participants rather than the position of the listeners by creating an interesting and enjoyable methods that encourage students to involve, share, analyze, exchange, express, and discuss ideas together. Teachers should increase the sense of the responsibility of their students toward their study and give them the sense that ” your opinions, arguments, and questions are the most important in the class”. As well as, you should concentrate on the learning of the student rather than your teaching in which taking into your consideration whether your methods fit the pupils needs and styles or not. Also, exploit the students’ talents, show them that you attract them, and memorize their names in order to show them that you care about them.

Thirdly, the physical presence is one of the elements that reflect how much you love your job. For instance, some teachers sit on the edge of the table while they are talking to their students to give them the sense of informality. Such behaviors encourage pupils to express, participate, ask, argue, and have an attitude toward everything in the class. But you must take into your consideration the culture of your student to know what is the suitable extent of informality in dealing with them.

What I mentioned previously is about teachers in general. It is applicable in the case of language teachers with a radical difference which is the understanding of this difference. The first sign of love that appears on language teachers is their awareness that the language is not information. It is a set of skills that needs an authentic environment, exposure to and engage with the language. They must be aware that their role is to facilitate, guide, and help their students to reach the best result. The criterion that should be used to measure the proficiency of language teachers is the ability of their students in using the language naturally in their real life.

In terms of how love appears in teaching reading skills, For example, you can design a task to begin the class that shows students why it is important to learn how to read. In other words, design a task that helps students to build a positive attitude toward learning reading. Once they realize the importance of reading, they will be keen on succeeding in learning it. If the text is about the importance of the breakfast then you may ask them to write on a piece of paper what was their breakfast today morning. After 10 minutes, you have to ask them about their expectations of the reason behind your question about breakfast. Then, give them irregular paragraphs and ask them to put them in the correct order based on their understanding. Finally, let them skim the text in 2 minutes and write the theme of the text.

Another example, you can bring with you short stories and divide your students to groups and ask each group to act the story or bring a poem and write each line on a separate paper and ask students to reorder them. Such methods in teaching reading achieve the purpose of reading in which it is the exercise that strengthen the brain. In using such ways, you allow the brain to predict, think, and suggest not only read the surface and leave the core.

From my experience in the school I didn’t feel that the language teacher was in love with teaching. We were learning reading by explaining the texts and memorizing the comprehension questions and concentrating on the questions that are related to the grammar. Unfortunately, 12 years in the school passed with the minimum benefit of learning language.

In conclusion, loving your job is a wide concept that can’t be limited to some behaviors. On the other hand, each single action that you do in your job reflects the extent of your love that lies in your heart towards it. Always remember that caring about building not directing your students’ attitude toward everything in the class is the first evidence of your love and the first step to success.

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