From my varied and extensive experience in teaching, I have come to both a realization and an appreciation of the unique impact of encouragement and positive feedback. This realization stems from the modern belief that “ everyone can achieve their goals” if they receive sufficient mental, cultural, and academic support. Therefore, my philosophy of teaching is one that centers around the student and for the student i.e. student’s life, experiences, culture, language, religion, mental health, previous education, learning difficulties are all factors that come into play when designing classroom materials or when interacting with students. The student, first and foremost, is a human being who has needs. I believe that if those needs are observed or dealt with proactively, any student with a relative level of self-motivation will be able to reach his or her goal through proper guidance, facilitation, and tutoring. Students are often shouldered with sensitive issues that a teacher lacking those extra lenses will not be able to tap into or find solutions for. I believe that when a student is bored or disengaged, it is the teacher’s responsibility to re-engage them using humor, pair work, group work, technology, a change of class setting. I aim at provoking students’ higher order skills until they reach a level where they feel proud of who they are and of what they are working on. I want to invite them, with the minimum limitations or restrictions, to freely express themselves in a way that allows them attain their full potentials. Emran A-Oqaily
In-directness and politeness in American English and Saudi Arabic requests: A crosscultural comparison.
Abstract This article examines the notions of (in)directness and politeness in the speech act of requests among Saudi Arabic native speakers as compared to American English native speakers.…
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