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Poll: Have you ever been a teacher?
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Dec 27, 2005

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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School teacher? Dec 27, 2005

No. Language-related? No. I trained countless employees, trainees, interns, etc. for 20 years, so I voted Yes.

Did I miss anything here?


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Ford Prefect  Identity Verified
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Another ambiguous poll Dec 27, 2005

I taught biochemistry and mathematics to undergraduates for a few hours a week once, so I voted yes, but I am sure this is not what the poll was looking for. I think we need to word these polls much more carefully to make them really useful.

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Maria Diaconu  Identity Verified
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Ambiguous? Dec 27, 2005

It doesn't seem ambiguous to me at all. Have you ever been a teacher or not? Yes or no, as simple as that.

[Edited at 2005-12-27 11:43]


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Ford Prefect  Identity Verified
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"Teacher" is ambiguous Dec 27, 2005

"Teacher" could mean anything from spending ten minutes teaching one person one thing to spending 20 years as a fully qualified, full-time schoolteacher.

In practice, most people here will have taught someone something as part of their job - so the problem is we are trying to turn a continuum of possibilities (from once teaching one person one thing to teaching as a full time career for many years) into a dichotomy, without establishing a proper dichotomous definition for what a "teacher" is (and is not). So some people (as I did) will think "I did a few hours of teaching once", and vote yes. Others may think "I did a few hours of teaching once but that doesn't count as really being a teacher" and will vote no. Therein lies the problem.


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Maria Diaconu  Identity Verified
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Teacher Dec 27, 2005

James Visanji DipTrans PhD wrote:
"Teacher" could mean anything from spending ten minutes teaching one person one thing to spending 20 years as a fully qualified, full-time schoolteacher.


Allow me to disagree.
I wouldn't call someone who spends a few minutes teaching "a teacher", but only someone who is qualified for this job and has been employed as a teacher at some point in his/her life.


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Daniela Zambrini  Identity Verified
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not a language teacher Dec 27, 2005

I voted yes.
My teaching was not really language-related, but I worked for quite a few years as a senior trainer in the "Education and Training" department of the airline I have been employed by since 1987.
Teaching covered 50% of my productivity, the rest was made up of preparation of training material, grading, assessing pupils and following their final training on-the-job for a few weeks once they had passed the three week long initial course for airport ground staff.
Tiring and demanding but extremely gratifying, especially now that some of my former pupils have made great career moves. When I meet them they always have a word of thanks. That really makes my day!

DZ


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Ford Prefect  Identity Verified
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That's precisely why it's ambiguous! Dec 27, 2005

Maria Diaconu wrote:
...I wouldn't call someone who spends a few minutes teaching "a teacher", but only someone who is qualified for this job and has been employed as a teacher at some point in his/her life.


In other words, you have understood the question one way, and I (and Nicole Schnell) have understood the question in a different way (see my first post: I have been employed as a teacher but was never qualified as one, thus voted yes: had I taken your interpretation of "teacher" I would have had to vote no, despite having clearly done some teaching at some point in my life).

Therefore the poll is ambiguous - simply because there is more than one way of understanding the question.


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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I agree with James. Dec 27, 2005

A teacher has always been appointed at some time, due to qualification. Training and educating adults sometimes doesn't require a pedagogical degree, yet it is a full time job.

This poll is highly interesting!


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Henry Dotterer
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It is assumed that each respondent will apply their own definitions of terms used. Dec 27, 2005

It is generally assumed for the purpose of our quick polls that respondents will use their own definitions of terms used when responding.

In this case, please indicate whether or not you have ever been a teacher, based on your understanding of what it means to have been a teacher.

Pursuant to this approach, when evaluating results, please take into consideration that the definition of "having been a teacher" may differ from respondent to respondent.


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Maria Diaconu  Identity Verified
Romania
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Henry is right Dec 27, 2005

Henry wrote:
In this case, please indicate whether or not you have ever been a teacher, based on your understanding of what it means to have been a teacher.


Indeed, Henry has clarified it for us.


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xxxBrandis
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Well yes Dec 27, 2005

I had opted for yes, because I really was for about 15 years at various universities, companies and private institutions in Germany sometimes also doing p2p teaching and in closed networks. In the evening I used to teach mainly english in germany and during the day other faculty subjects. But what is the implication or the poll about. (yes or no) Best Brandis

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Tsogt Gombosuren  Identity Verified
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I voted yes, but ... Dec 27, 2005

I taught only 1-2 English language courses almost 10 years ago, so I voted yes.
I haven't taught any class since then, but I have been a mentor of several junior translators.


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Сергей Лузан
Russian Federation
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Language tutor Dec 27, 2005

was implied, I presume. I'm till now. But never used to work at school. I teach English, German & Spanish.

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Ivana de Sousa Santos  Identity Verified
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I answered yes Dec 27, 2005

I've been a teacher for many years now.

I started with private courses at home. In 2002 I really worked in a school as an English teacher for primary-level students.

On the following year I also taught English to the same primary-level students as well as to junior high students in the same school. I also taught 2 other courses (curricular areas, actually) - "Project" and "Tutored study".

Then I moved to another town, where I live now, and I stopped that. I really miss being a teacher in a school.

Afterwards, I worked in a private company as a teacher to help students with difficulties in languages (Portuguese, French and English) as well as in other areas I also like, such as history. I even had to learn some things about maths (by myself) once again in order to teach them to primary-level and junior high-level students.

I had to stop that too because of a risk pregnancy. Now that my son has born I'm home only working with translations.


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