Education aims to facilitate change and learning, which is only possible if one facilitates learning by establishing an interpersonal relationship with the learner.
To be a facilitator a teacher must:
Firstly, discard his/her superiority and be genuine and true in his/her efforts.
Secondly, s/he must genuinely trust, accept and prize the student as a worthy individual.
Thirdly, s/he must openly communicate with his/her students and vice versa.
The following are some of the things that teachers can do to add a little humanistic touch to language teaching in the classroom:
We should learn students' names--it reduces student anonymity and gives them a sense of individuality and responsibility;
When interacting with students we should always maintain eye contact; smile with the students and try to appear open and accessible to them;
We should come to class on time or a little early and stay after class and exchange a little chit chat with the students---it makes them feel 'important and human';
We should move around the class--it makes the class seem smaller and increases student involvement and participation. It also allows the students to move about freely in class;
We should get student feed back about the course for suggestions, problems, expectations, and reactions through informal discussions and students' responses. (To be continued)