How to become a better English teacher

ELT Rants, Reviews, and Reflections

What is the way to improve your English teaching? The answer might surprise you.

Don’t teach English.

That is it. That is the way to improve your English teaching.

Now, this is not one of those trite things where I tell you to teach the people in the class and not the content. What I mean is teach something other than English and it will positively impact your English teaching by giving you insights onto your English teaching practice. Guaranteed.

I have experienced this phenomena a few times in the last few years and I think there is something to it. My experiences teaching things that are not English (or TTTANE, pronounced Tayne) has been limited to teaching politics and Korean studies to (mostly) international students at a university in Seoul. Well, that and teacher training. I often think I learned more in 6 months doing teacher training than 6…

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