The dancing white monkey teachers can often be found in Asia and in particular: China. Keeping the kids happy means the parents are happy and so is the admin. This means that the teachers keep their jobs.
However, while singing, dancing, and playing have their part in the classroom, learning has to take place. My DoS at one of my jobs did a demo lesson for me to show me how she wanted me to teach. I couldn't help but be shocked when I watched a 20 minute lesson where she taught "come" and "go" while smiling and dancing around the room. I soon realised the students would never learn at this rate because they were only learning 2 words a day while giggling and running around the classroom.
There are probably a couple reasons why the dancing white monkey has come into the EFL classroom. First, employers may not always be educators; instead, they're in the business for the money. Second, teachers aren't as qualified as they should be. Some are only native speakers and may not have a BA or TEFL cert.
What do you think?
How common is the dancing white monkey teacher where you are? What advice do you have for teachers in this situation?
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