IELTS writing task 2: Do you think that training is necessary to be a good teacher?

Question

Some people believe that to be a good teacher, you need to acquire training in teaching, while others believe that teaching capabilities can be developed with experience. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

This question is taken from www.ielts-blog.com It was asked on an IELTS writing test held in Canada in January 2012.

Model Answer

Do teachers require professional training in teaching? Some people think that it is absolutely necessary. Others, on the other hand, believe that teaching capabilities can be acquired with experience. Which argument is true? Let’s examine.

Most schools now prefer employing teachers who have a degree in teaching and that makes sense. A professional qualification in teaching equips teachers with all the skills necessary for teaching. A trained teacher has already received basic lessons in children’s psychology. He or she is already familiar with the most modern teaching methods. As a result of this they can do justice to their job from the day they start teaching.

The method of teaching has changed considerably over the years. Schools now employ several modern techniques that are not exactly easy to understand. If a teacher has not received training he or she will have trouble incorporating these techniques into their teaching. That means schools will need to provide training to them.

On the other hand, like every other skill, teaching skills too can be acquired with experience. If a teacher is good at learning from her everyday experiences at school, it wouldn’t take her more than a year or two to acquire the teaching capabilities of someone who has acquired professional training.

Looking at both sides of the argument, it is not hard to see that though teaching capabilities can be acquired with experience it takes time. And until a teacher acquires enough experience, he or she will not have the competence expected of a good teacher. In other words, trained teachers are better than those who have received little or no training at all.

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