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Establishing Rapport with Students Rapport between the teacher and students plays an important part in determining if a class is successful and enjoyable. In this article I will share my experiences and ideas how teachers can build up rapport with students. Rapport, defined as sympathetic and harmonious relationship, often occurs between two people who have a lot in common. That is one of the reasons why it is not always easy for teachers to establish rapport with students, especially when there is not much shared interest in between. However, there are good reasons for teachers to work on establishing rapport with students. It helps to create conditions conducive to learning, a higher motivation, increased comfort, and enhanced communication. In the following passages, I will share my experiences on how to establish rapport with students. 1. Respecting students. Respect is an acknowledgement we extend to a person irrespective of his or her status, belief, origin and condition in life. In a classroom, students may be young and inexperienced, but they also have thoughts and ideas of their own, and teachers need to respect that. Students who feel disrespected or socially isolated are not likely to function effectively at school, and they may simply leave to seek more psychologically