List of questions
 
 
 
About this interview 1. Why did you accept being interviewed? It doesn't sound like your ordinary self.
  2. In class you rarely answered a question, but always replied with a question of your own. You made us think and work hard, though later  you were generous in your support and your grades. Today we want to make "you" work hard. The question is: will you give us direct answers to what we ask you? Will you tell us your view on things?
  3. Yes, but opinions are a reference, inspiration. So, may I press you friendly but firmly to give some forward opinions? I'm a bit nervous about interviewing you, Ramon, so I'd like to start with something easy, maybe something personal. to get into my role as interviewer. You retired young. Why did you leave? Did you desert us? Didn't you owe us an explanation? Where are you now? Why the silence?
Teachers & teaching 4. Isn't "love" too strong a word to describe a teacher's attitude?
  5. Teaching as a "subversive" activity?
  6. You taught in high schools for twenty years. Do you remember a day when you felt particularly happy after a lesson? What happened?
  7. What is good teaching for you?
  8. I'm not sure I follow. Are you saying that I should rephrase my question and ask what makes good art?
  9. What are then the marks of a good teacher for you?
  10. Wait a moment! You've just mentioned authority. Did you mean what I think you meant?
  11. I thought we wanted autonomous learning in class.
  12. What kind of authority are we talking about then?
  13. You have been talking about teaching but not much about "language teaching".
Tasks, projects, tramas 14. You have always been an advocate for experiential learning. That means "task-based". But there seems to be confusion about what a "task" is.
  15. There was a poem that you sometimes used. We loved it. Was that a task?
  16. A project is a cluster, a sequence of tasks?
  17. In a short exercise, even in a task, I feel in control. In a longer, student-participated sequence I'm afraid I may lose it.
  18. Aren't  these difficult concepts and practices?
  19. You've also written about "tramas". What's the difference between "Project Work" and "tramas"?
  20. Yes, we loved the clarity of this metaphor when you explained it, but it never found much favour.
  21. Some people are afraid of projects. Others believe that they are fun but do not help language learning much.
  22. Not every teacher can do it.
  23. So, how much grammar?
     
“Teaching circumstances are today much worse ...” 24. Let me take you back to the students.  You're not going to deny that there is no way to compare today's students and the school problems with the ones you faced  when you were young.
  25. But what about the present-day difficulties?
  26. Technology is a great step towards conquering these difficulties. The day we get virtual reality into the classroom, most problems will disappear.
  27. Technology makes materials more attractive and makes language input easier.
Support for teachers. Training. 28. These days where does a Catalan ELT teacher get support from?
  29. You haven't mentioned educational authorities, training, textbooks, research, ... Don't we have to right to expect help from them?
  30. Teachers tend to think that being trained abroad is key to becoming a good English teacher.
  31. Let's talk about training. Where were you trained as a teacher? And as a trainer?
  32. We know you are not much in favour of collecting recipes. Ramon, what is then teacher training for you?
  33. Some teachers feel society doesn't value our job. Do you think this is the case? How could we change that?
  34. Aren't most of us just transmitters?
  35. Can't educational authorities help more?
  36. How important is this support?
  37. You've been a teacher but also an academic. How do you think university and primary and secondary schools can join forces to improve education?
  38. Who should then be in charge of training?
Improving language levels 39. The level of English of our students is still very low.  Do we have to blame teachers for this or is it due to lack of institutional support?
  40. Can you explain this?
  41. Is there a second factor?
  42. And a third one?
  43. Love teaching, love the language." Are you talking about loving the foreign language only? How about first languages? Is there a conflict around us?
  44. Why the distinction?
Back to you and your experience 45. Have you ever gone wrong with your decisions, made mistakes, in class or outside it?
  46. Are there any books you've treasured all these years?
  47. None of these are linguistics or language teaching books. Are there any books that all teachers should know?
  48. How do you come across books that interest you?
  49. Can you mention people you've admired or have influenced you?
  50. Frankly, I don't know much about Stern. What did you admire in him?
  51. How do you know all this?
  52. This is a leading question and I apologize. You've worked with many colleagues, here and outside. I'll ask you only about one -Núria Vidal. Who has influenced whom?
  53. Tell me something that has made you particularly happy as a teacher?
Cooperation among teachers 54. Let's talk about the years before APAC. There were also teachers' meetings and conventions then. What do you remember of those days?
  55. Was everything you tried succesful? No failures? What things would you do differently today?
  56. Today APAC is a big cooperative venture. Was everything easy at the beginning?
  57. What suggestions do you have for APAC in 2011?
  58. How do you see its future? Do you see any obstacles in its path?
Final recommendations to teachers 59. Is there anything you are much against in teaching?
  60. What other things would you like to see in teachers or would recommend them to do?
  61. These are not all our questions, but there has to be a limit to our interview. Is there anything else you want to add?
  62. Not just yet. Can we finish with a quote from one of your own writings?
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