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In this unit I learned about what makes a good teacher and a good learner. Several things can make a good teacher, such as being patient and kind, the ability to motivate students to learn, being knowledgable of the subject they are teaching, a love for teaching and also caring about the students and their learning, and being aware of different ways individual students learn and participate and being able to make sure everyone feels included and engaged. A good learner will ask questions when they are unsure, actively participate by listening, taking notes, offering answers, and doing the activities.
It was interesting to learn about the different roles a teacher has, and how their role can change multiple times just within one class session, depending on the activities that day. It is important for a teacher to be a good organizer, when they are organizing activities and getting people into groups, and making sure everyone understands what the task is. A teacher should also be an assessor, when they evaluate a student's performance, and give timely constructive feedback. A teacher will act as a model when they demonstrate how to accurately pronounce a word.
I also learned about different language skill levels and how young learners vs. adult learners have different tendencies and motivations. The young learners will more easily absorb the new language and be less likely to be embarrassed about being wrong. They have shorter attention spans though, and typically did not make the choice to be in the class, so they may be less motivated to learn. The adults likely chose to be in the class for economic reasons, such as advancing in their career, getting a higher paying job, working in a new country, or getting an education in a new country, so they will be quite motivated and better behaved. The adults have likely had years of experiences being learners and therefore have memories of failures and successes, and have an opinion of what a good teacher is.
The language skill levels are categorized by beginner (none or very limited experience in the language), elementary (able to form basic sentence structures and communicate on simple topics), low intermediate, intermediate, and upper intermediate (gradually increasing levels of the ability to fluently communicate with accuracy on a wide variety of topics), and advanced (good grasp of the language and just working on subtleties).