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Unit 15 Teaching as Mountaineering : 

Unit 15 Teaching as Mountaineering Nancy K. Hill Luozhaohui

Pre-reading Questions: 

Pre-reading Questions What do you think should be a teacher’s role? What kind o relationship it should be between teachers and students? What metaphors do we use for teachers? Do you think the author is offering us a new perspective on the issue of teaching?

What imagery does each of the following terms evoke?: 

What imagery does each of the following terms evoke? The preacher: one who advocates or teaches earnestly (religious or moral truth, right conduct, etc.) The shepherd: a man who herds, tends, and guards sheep. The Bible has always compared God to a Shepherd(capitalized) and people to a flock of sheep (Jesus and lamb) . Figuratively, a shepherd is one who protects, guides, or watches over a group of people as a shepherd does his sheep. A shepherd is apparently superior to the people he guides in position.


The curator: the person in charge of a museum, a library, art collection, or the like. A curator is generally a connoisseur, a person who has a good knowledge and understanding of subjects such as art or music, and whose judgments are respected. The actor: a person who acts in stage plays, motion pictures, televisions, broadcasts, etc.,especially professionally. A good actor performs well and attracts the attention of the audience.


The researcher:a person who makes diligent and systematic inquiry into a subject in order to discover or revise facts, theories, applications, etc. A researcher is often very meticulous in noting the specific details of a subject. The salesman: a person who goes from place to place selling and taking orders for his firm’s goods, or a shop assistant. A salesman often speaks glibly of his goods to persuade people to buy them.

Questions on the text: 

Questions on the text How do you divide the text? What’s the main idea or purpose of each part? What paragraphs are devoted to the discussion of the common and previous analogies? What are the analogies? What’s the author’s attitude towards those analogies? What’s the author’s purpose of discussing the commonly accepted analogies one by one?


Which para. summarizes the discussion of the common analogies? What’s your opinion about those analogies? Do you think the analogy of mountaineer valid enough in catching the essence of the teaching process? How should we evaluate a teacher? And a student?

After-class discussion: 

After-class discussion Do you agree that different metaphor or analogy for teachers may alter people’s attitude toward the profession? Supply an analogy you think appropriate for teaching, and justify your choice.

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