Do English Teachers Need to Be Psychologists These Days?

Silvana Stanimirović


If you ask any English teacher what the most important thing is when it comes to learning English, most would reply that it is students’ consistency and hard work. However, is it possible that only those skills will help our students along their English studying journey? During my teaching practice, I have found it not to be the case. As we take a look at language education in 2022, one must admit that teachers have to become aware of other factors which are major for students and have nothing to do with grammar nor spelling. This is the reason why one must realise that we work with people, and explore the psychological side of learning English. Instead, empowering students can be one of the most effective tools a teacher can use nowadays in order to help learners overcome their anxiety and fear of using English. This workshop will explore learners’ emotions and mental state when learning English in a classroom setting. With active discussion among fellow colleagues, we aim to explore the benefits of such work where learners’ psychology is taken into consideration and discuss the overall experience as well as their language journey and growth.


After gaining BA and MA degrees at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, Serbia, my first official professional experience was being a substitute English teacher at two state schools in Serbia: Grammar School and School for Musically Gifted Children, both situated in Cuprija, Serbia, where I worked from January 2014 to May 2016. At the same time, I have started teaching English online at a Taiwanese school ‘TutorABC’, which was my first experience in teaching Chinese students.
After COVID-19 hit, I have specialized in teaching adults and exam preparation online. Since becoming a teacher entrepreneur, I have been promoting my English services on my Instagram page @silvana.how2c2.
Professional development is something that has been dear to my heart. I was also a presenter at two scientific conferences in 2014 by the Faculties of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac and in Belgrade. Additionally, my work has become a part of Belgrade’s conference’s publication with the title ‘Humanism in Language Teaching – the View from Both Sides of the Teachers’ Desk’.

Presentation Details

Type of presentation: Workshop
Presentation is for: General audience
Presentation focuses on: EFL education
Presentation Coding: Psychology in ELT (PSYCH) Non-Commercial
Speaking on behalf of a publisher, examination board, or commercial organisation? No

Scheduled for

Date: Sunday, 2022-09-18, 12:40 - 13:20
Place: Lecture Hall 4.13