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Mosaic: How well should a teacher know their students? How well should the students know their teacher?


Article published in the Teacher Development Special Interest Group (TDSIG), Spring 2007, Issue 54 page 12. International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL).



Following on from last edition’s mosaic contributions, I feel that if you know your students well and they know you, then it is possible to be in a position not to have to remember everyone’s names.


My class size is on average about 40 (a total of 200 students a term) and I teach at a university in Thailand. Even if I was to remember student’s names, my bad Thai pronunciation will ensure that I am not understood. I could use nicknames, but several students have the same nickname, so this causes more confusion.

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