I put TEACHER on my CV but I was recently referred to as an EDUCATOR and also TRAINER. Other people call themselves PROFESSOR, TUTOR, FACILITATOR, COACH, INTERCULTURAL TRAINER, COMMUNICATION SKILLS PRACTITIONER and numerous other things.
I think I understand the differences between all these titles and, in theory, each is a different career with qualifications and knowledge but which am I and which should I be? Numerous people have shifted from ELT to more serious and higher paid training of one sort or another but are they still ELT teachers or teachers at all??
The big change seems to be between the idea of teaching and supporting or improving, hence replacing ‘student’ with ‘learner’. I’ve never liked the teacher title and I don’t feel like a formal teacher. I like to get students teaching themselves.
Here are some alternative titles I could use:
Language chef, language instigator, knowledge stirrer, error usurper, vanquisher of errors, grammar dictator…
What are you called?