Sunday 26 August 2012

Hot Topic: Socialising with Students Outside of Class

I'm not talking about dating students, which is a whole other can of worms, but of dinner or drinks with a group of them. Having taught in two Asian countries, I know that Asian students like to get to know their teachers outside of class, bombard them with questions or try to pick up as much free English as possible.

Having gone to dinner a couple times with university students and adult students I can say that I have mixed feelings about socialising with students outside of class. On the one hand it's good, because you can see each other as regular people instead of students and teachers. You can also learn about each others' culture. Yet on the other hand, it can be awkward and stressful, especially if students start taking notes on English vocabulary.

What do you think?
Do you spend time with students outside of class? What's your opinion of meeting students for dinner or drinks in a group?

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