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Improving Teaching Methods With Travels

Travelers Today       By    FG Dullin

Updated: Feb 11, 2017 03:53 AM EST

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Education is an important calling. While virtually all teachers have the privilege to take a vacation, not all of them really want to 'take a break' per se. Some have considered teaching an innate lifetime commitment that these traveling teachers' idea of a vacation is simply 'to resume classes elsewhere.'

Case in point: erudite citizens from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, the Philippines and other nations fluent in speaking and writing in English consider ESL (English as a Second Language) opportunities abroad in their next scheduled overseas trip. But even for educators who are simply pursuing leisure trips, their experience and gained perspective from foreign countries allow them to become better teachers. These are the five ways on how travel enhances teaching methods:

Curiosity Bait

A worldly professor always has a better chance of appealing to younger students because, despite their propensity for distraction and boredom, the youth is generally curious about things they do not know. Young students always love to think outside the box. Foreign ideas can somehow interest them because the youth are easily impressed by concepts that 'defy the commonplace.'  

The Virtual Tour

It is natural for young students not to take the claims of a worldly professor at face value. But a decent learner can hardly question an observable proof. One of the best ways social science educators can do to shatter that barrier of skepticism is to use vlogs as a resource material.

Cultural Reference

It is always difficult for social science educators to teach world culture, especially in an environment that is rife with 'hyper-sensitivity.' But a teacher can impart essential wisdom by simply narrating his or her own experience abroad. An objective recounting of past events has an effective way of letting the audience's minds work without imposing ideas for them.

Foreign Correspondence

Some traveling teachers often build connections with other equally competent institutions abroad. Encouraging students to write letters to their foreign counterparts is the best way to get them into proper writing exercises.

Exposure Trips

The best program a teacher can use from traveling is 'traveling itself.' A determined and highly-esteemed educator can often arrange exposure trips to exotic countries. This method, however, is the most painstaking in terms of gaining approval from the school board and other related authorities (e.g. consulates).  

 

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