At rare but so intense moments of teacher burnout, the question of teacher role in the life of a learner raises again and again.
Working in a private sector implies such kind of accusations ‘My child doesn’t progress as much as I want’ or ‘I don’t progress as much as I want to’. Parents and older students demand the increase (constant and quick) in their language abilities and they demand it from the teacher, not themselves or their children. But what can the teacher do? It is usually one or two students out of seventy learners, I hasten to say. Still the question is there.
In my humble opinion teacher is a facilitator, i.e. makes it easier for the process of language learning happen, but mot the maker of learners’ progress. Without considerable effort from the learners’ side language improvement is hardly possible.
What do you think? To what extent are we responsible for learners’ progress?