Developing a Teaching Philosophy is a lifelong task. However, as every step is a brick in building the fantastic house of becoming a teacher, I attempt to summarize here my experience upon reflection.
Speaking of reflection, it is indeed necessary for both parties involved in the teaching process to adjust and readjust expectations, motivations and daily challenges and possible emotional and structural obstacles. The aim of this reflection is always to transform all obstacles into milestones.
Nurturing in education means understanding compassionately the student’s problems dealing foremost in our case with any foreign language and motivate them to structure their emotional and social life in order to succeed in a foreign language lesson. This reflection can very well be done by feedback, which completes the learning process. Students become aware of challenges and that all information they need is to be pro-actively researched, shared and tested with and by the teacher.
In order to support a pro-active student it is necessary to develop task-oriented and project- oriented lessons to the specific topics determined by the syllabus and by the student’s needs and motivations, where the teacher acts as the orienting compass of source research and data presentation.
As far as grammar teaching is concerned, I believe that the contextualization is the best means to activate human memory skills, along with well-inducted rules taken by the students. All this should be followed by structural exercises, both in presence class and in a virtual, perhaps flipped class, have proven to be up to my experience the best asset.
Speaking exercises should be transversal to all activities in lesson. However, all the topics should be developed by student ́s presentations and class debates, where individual assessment as well as peer assessment would be desirable.
A focus on intercultural communication is not only a topic per se, but conscious awareness of the foreign language context is fundamental in a lesson, as it works up the learner’s expectations of the foreign culture.
Also digital skills, key to the 21st century are highly appreciated in my lessons, because I believe in technology associated with traditional knowledge.
Sense of humor is important in creating a good working atmosphere. It both motivates and it shows social and cultural competence. It is not however for every teacher – it really depends on the teacher as a person.
My many years of experience teaching in many schools, with diferent public, diferent levels, diferent motivations and different nationalities in countries as Portugal, Austria and Germany has been showing me the possibilities to expand as an individual in a global set. I like to contribute to efective communicators, who will be experiencing the virtues of living in a global village.