By Mohammed Azaouibaa
By Mohammed Azaouibaa
Rabat – Teaching is one of the noblest professions in the world. This may be demonstrated by how teachers have been lauded throughout history and across a myriad of cultures and given one of the highest social positions due to their role in developing future generations and the citizens of tomorrow.
I believe that my fundamental role as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher is to sustain this valuable position in society and communicate to students the value of learning a foreign language outside the classroom in the twenty-first-century world. Indeed, it is my goal as a teacher to foster lifelong learning and develop students’ values of leadership, critical thinking, citizenship, problem-solving ability, and their academic cooperation with others.
A general consensus exists among scholars that there is no perfect approach or method to teaching due to the many disparate learning environments and backgrounds of students. As a consequence, my teaching pedagogy is both eclectic and versatile and dependent upon the objectives of the institute I am working for, the unique and diverse needs of my students, and the competency I intend to develop in my students throughout the school year.
Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, there has been an urgent need for professionals who can fiercely compete in the job market and keep up with the fast changes that are taking place around the world in almost every field. Thus, the need for an approach in education that can meet the needs of the job market and promote competency in students is once again highlighted.
In this context, I intend to employ competency-based education (CBE) with my students, which is an educational movement that focuses on the outcomes or the outputs of learning in the development of language programs. CBE is an outcome-based approach that addresses how the students will actually use the language and the type of competency they will develop over the course of the school year. This approach aims at developing student skills, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours required for effective performance of real-world tasks or activities such as teamwork and effective listening. Moreover, CBE is a student-centred approach that gives learners the chance to be actively engaged in the learning process and participate in problem-solving and developing ideas that help society. Therefore, my role as a teacher is only to guide and facilitate the learning process. This will help students find answers and solutions to their problems by themselves.
In addition to the previously mentioned methods, I also utilize task-based language teaching. This method provides students with opportunities to learn on their own by providing them with tasks that they should accomplish in a specific time slot. These tasks are usually challenging and require students to interact communicatively and purposefully while engaged in these activities. These types of tasks are also designed to develop students’ ability to think critically and creatively, as well as to encourage cooperative learning between students and enhance their teamwork skills and attitudes.
Nowadays, EFL teachers are becoming more and more responsible as the needs and expectations of their students are growing. There seems to be ample new roles allotted to EFL teachers such as being a teacher-leader. In this context and as a teacher who sees himself as a leader, I intend to keep a balance between theory and what is practice inside the classroom. That is to say, I will always try to provide my students with theoretical background of a certain topic and reinforce this practice with the topic utilized in authentic, real-life situations. In this way, my students can develop critical thinking, comprehend what they are learning, and retain what they’ve learned for a lifetime rather than learning to only pass an exam.
The implementation of information communication technology (ICT) inside the classroom is one of the fundamental roles that EFL teachers should also take into serious consideration. In light of modern technological advancements, the use of different ICT techniques inside the classroom can help enhance students’ level of understanding and their deeper mastery of subject matters.
In summary, teaching philosophies differ greatly depending on the individual and their expectations of the learning process. However, I perceive my role as an EFL teacher to be someone who promotes critical thinking, enhances my students’ level of creativity, encourages their inquisitive spirit of challenge and problem solving, and finally by creating good citizens who are the valuable future of our society.
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