On October 26 and 27, I went to an academic conference at National Chengchi University in Taipei. The main topic was Interaction Analysis. There were scholars from many different countries, and English was the common language at this conference. The scholars at this conference were all interested in the interaction between teachers and students and were learning about the situation in Taiwan by watching videos recorded in Taiwan classes.
This was my first opportunity to try and understand teaching and learning from the teacher’s point of view. During the conference, I learned a lot about seeing things from the teachers' perspectives because most of the scholars were also teachers. When they talked about traditional learning interaction in Taiwan classes, they said that many teachers stand in front of their class and use microphones. The students in the class are expected to learn what the teachers have taught them. However, the scholars were not satisfied with this traditional interaction, which goes in just one direction – from teacher to students. They wanted a new learning interaction, where teachers and students could interact with each other and exchange ideas. If this kind of interaction could take place, the students could learn not only the information their teacher gives them, but also how to communicate, work as a team, and solve problems. In this way, the students could develop the skills needed by the labor market.