Originally posted by wolf_reinhold:
What is this games bullshit for teaching? Are we talking about amusing four-year-olds? Then it's not really teaching. If we are talking about language instruction to older children, teen-agers or adults then games have no place and are a total waste of time.
Games are an excuse for the teacher to get out of teaching. When I was in school, games were never a part of my instruction in English, Spanish physics, management, sociology and so on.
I never used games in class and my students gave me feedback that said that they appreciated my no-nonsense approach. They liked the fact that I worked on language acquisition skills, not some convoluted version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey for ESL students.
Is this just your idea of a piss-take? Are you just trying to stir up a debate?
Well, I sure wouldn’t like to be your student Wolf. I can just imagine how stimualting it must be for your students to sit for 90 minutes looking at the back of your head as you write time lines and grammar paradigms on the board.
You talk about language aquisition… how is language aquired in your class? Do you, dare I say… allow… c-o-n-v-e-r-s-a-t-i-o-n?! Or, is it 90 minutes of, “I say it you say it”? Do they sit spellbound for the class period while Teacher pontificates on the greek and latin roots of prefixes and suffixes?
You seem to look to your experiences learning physics and sociology - in your native language - for inspiration for your fine language insturction in Taiwan. Yeah, that makes a whole lot of sense! Teaching like your high school chemistry teacher makes you a good ESL teacher?!
Unfortunatley, It is people like you, who never recieve any teacher trainning, who never learn the theroy and methodology of second language aquisition - who teach intuitively - that give the profession the taint of unprofessionalism in Taiwan. Those of us with ESL degrees, or extensive trainning and experience, who take our work seriously are never taken seriously because of the fly-by-night traveller teacher phenomenon.
A compotent language teacher, reagrdless of the age of students, empolys a wide variety of techniques- including games, to create a dynamic,student centered, communicative learning environment.
Go to the bookstore for pete’s sake! Pick up any ESL book. What do you see? Communicative acitivites - games - pair work - info gaps - puzzels - messenger games - vocabluarly and grammar games… The variety is astounding. And that is one of the key points. Successful and effective teachers present lessons in ways that make the material engaging to the student.
I’m guessing that you are the kind of “teacher” who took one look at the books you were given to use, didn’t want to figure out how they are meant to be taught, and said to yourself, “The hell with this, I know best.”
Why do you know best?! Because of the way you learned things in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s in your own bloody country?!
Do you think Oxford, Cambridge, Prentice Hall, Longman, and Heinaman publish numerous communicative game books (for all ages), and always incorperate “games” into any full class text (even for business English classes) because they think their market is to provide teachers ways to “get out of teaching”?!
Do yourself a favor. Quit whatever teaching job you have now, and go over and fill out an application at ELSI. The owner, Mr. Ho is a legendary twat - the mangagment sucks, and the pay is middle to low, but at least you will finally get the teacher trainning and class preperation support you are in obvious need of.
One last thing – Did you ever stop to think that perhaps your students were either too intimidated, or too polite to tell you what a boring teacher you are? This is Taiwan, Wolf…
I really didn’t want this to become a flame - but really - your post has to be the stupidest thing I have read on this board.
Your comments about other things are often quite amusing and well thought out. Hmmm… perhaps what you really need to do is change your line of work.