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On Being a Language TeacherA Personal and Practical Guide to Success$
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Norma Lopez-Burton and Denise Minor

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300186895

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300186895.001.0001

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Surviving the Political Jungle

Surviving the Political Jungle

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(p.338) 16 Surviving the Political Jungle
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On Being a Language Teacher
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Denise Minor

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300186895.003.0016

This chapter presents advice on how to negotiate the first two years of teaching at the secondary level or at a college or university. These recommendations are based on the author’s own experiences, but they come mostly from interviews with teachers, lecturers, and professors over the course of a year. These recommendations include finding a mentor; maintaining a low profile and simply watching and listening to learn more about the hierarchy, the priorities, and the modes of interaction among your colleagues; being alert to cultural differences among colleagues; making friends with staff; and avoiding gossip.

Keywords:   language teachers, teaching, pedagogical approach, high school, university

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