What Is Language Teaching?

“Good teaching happens when competent teachers with non-discouraging personalities use non-defensive approaches to language teaching and learning, and cherish their students.”

Dr. James E. Alatis, Dean Emeritus
School of Languages and Linguistics, Georgetown University

What does it mean to teach a language? What do you as the teacher do, and how do you do it? What do your students do, and how do they do it?

This section aims to orient you to the philosophy that underlies much language teaching practice in the United States today, to help you begin to answer those questions. It also provides guidance on reflective practice and teaching portfolios, two tools that can help you grow as a teacher.


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