I love teaching high levels. Why? Because they speak English well enough to be themselves and you can really get into gritty discussions. Here are the highlights of one of them with my favourite student:
You don’t need to do a teaching degree to teach, you just need to know your subject.
Teaching methodologies and approaches and conferences and journals are a waste of time.
You can’t teach someone to become a teacher, they can only learn by doing it.
If someone knows his subject enough to pass the ‘teaching test’ then that’s good enough for them to teach it.
At first these shocked and insulted me but then I began to think:
1)The CELTA teaches us HOW to teach but we are supposed to learn WHAT to teach from coursebooks and experience. Should we get more input on the WHAT?
2)Does anyone know English good enough to teach it properly?
3)Do we learn more from our own teaching than from external sources?
At the moment, we have CELTA/DELTA/PGCE/MA teaching qualifications. Some have teaching practice, some don’t and some have more focus on HOW or WHAT to teach. Can’t we just have one course with everything where when you finish it you know enough to deal with any area and have enough teaching methods to teach most classes??