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a career in journalism/politics/teaching etc
▪ At the age of 15, he knew he wanted a career in politics.
a teaching method
▪ Neill had considerable influence over modern teaching methods.
a teaching post
▪ My first teaching post was in outer London.
a teaching/acting/sporting career
▪ Her acting career lasted for more than 50 years.
a teaching/medical/legal etc qualificationBrE:
▪ She has a degree and a teaching qualification.
language teaching
▪ recent developments in language teaching
student teaching
teach a class
▪ One of the other teachers was ill so I taught her class.
teach a course
▪ She is teaching an introductory course in Russian.
teach sb manners (=often used when criticizing someone’s impolite behaviour)
▪ Those girls need to be taught some manners!
teaching assistant
teaching hospital
teaching practice
▪ You have to do three months of teaching practice before you qualify.
teaching/classroom aids
▪ teaching aids and resources
the teaching profession
▪ There are not enough physicists entering the teaching profession.
▪ It is impossible to teach children as though each fits a neatly turned theory.
▪ Instead, we teach our children to talk quietly, to talk less, and to stay out of the way.
▪ She also opened a school on the fifth floor of the Rebiya Building, dedicated to teaching poor Uighur children.
▪ What Primary Forum does is honor those important issues and teach children how to deal with them as a group.
▪ Your child's school will value your support in teaching your child about how to make good relationships.
▪ All you have to do, it seems, is teach a child to read.
▪ It is also vital that a targeted desirable behaviour is taught to the child to compete with the punished behaviour.
▪ One approach is to teach your child basic fitness skills early.
▪ Its main function was teaching, through evening classes.
▪ The nun who teaches our class gives us time during the school day to begin.
▪ Yesterday he had taught the class about the wonders of John Dory.
▪ In the winter women went to Radcliffe, where Harvard professors taught them in special classes.
▪ Today she teaches six classes a week, including two handicapped ones.
▪ He taught no high-level classes in black studies; the department, in fact, had no such classes.
▪ Father Henry taught catechism to some classes and was, in effect, the priest in the convent chapel.
▪ He took up a job at the City Day College teaching day-release students.
▪ Community college faculty teach courses at the high schools.
▪ At issue in the Gingrich case is a college course he taught from 1993-95 with financial support from a nonprofit foundation.
▪ With that, the formal investigation of charges centering on a college course Gingrich once taught will come to an end.
▪ Graduated from college and currently teaching in south Texas.
▪ The investigation focused on a college course Gingrich taught with financial support from nonprofit foundations.
▪ The course is taught by seminars, workshops and groupwork, and assessed by coursework, project assignments, and a dissertation.
▪ They have eliminated the general track and replaced low-level academic courses with ones that teach college-preparatory content in new ways.
▪ These courses are taught jointly with Medical Microbiology and Biochemistry respectively.
▪ At issue in the Gingrich case is a college course he taught in 1993-95 with financial support from a nonprofit foundation.
▪ Computerised library courses certainly teach the student how to interact with the terminal and use computer dialogue.
▪ Personals asked him about changes in plays over the long course of his teaching and writing career: &038;.
▪ The course is taught partly in College, where students attend lectures, seminars workshops and tutorials, and partly in schools.
▪ Humbling experiences on the golf course have taught her to take things slowly, and not get too far ahead of herself.
▪ Limbaugh is complaining about the teaching of history.
▪ Moving from research to teaching history is like moving from one watercourse to another...
▪ Old people are often a source of fascinating information and opinion about the past that young people are being taught as history!
▪ For the next few years, Sister Teresa taught geography, history and catechism, and performed several other duties besides.
▪ My brief was to teach art and history of art to all age groups.
▪ He had taught history of some kind, although Glover never bothered in forty-five years to find out what kind.
▪ Some teachers might even choose to teach the entire history syllabus by working backwards from the present.
▪ I teach history at the high school and junior high school levels.
▪ In textbooks and audio material for language teaching the characters are usually there as pegs the language can be hung on.
▪ Fourteen languages are taught in the public schools.
▪ Latin's not one of those languages you can teach with tape-recorders and acting little plays.
▪ The few exceptions involved such activities as language teaching and protection of rights, health and safety.
▪ The language is taught systematically, thoroughly, and clearly, with rapid progression throughout the course.
▪ Theory and Practice in adult second language teaching Several more generic issues emerge, however.
▪ In the school system, many teachers do not have a strong enough grasp of the language to teach in it effectively.
▪ That is the first lesson I teach my students at Bart's.
▪ Loving the role of mentor, Horton had many lessons to teach.
▪ They enjoyed his lessons and he enjoyed teaching them.
▪ As we shall see, the lesson they teach is that we are designed for a system of monogamy plagued by adultery.
▪ We want to know what lessons they teach us about human affairs.
▪ The consequences that flow from our actions are life lessons designed to teach us how to cope with adversity.
▪ Phillips and Raup - comparing methods for teaching the use of periodical indexes, in 1979.
▪ The methods taught in the 1983 manual and those used by Battalion 316 in the early 1980s show unmistakable similarities.
▪ It would use new methods to teach traditional academic subjects and equip young people with technical skills.
▪ Nevertheless, the method of teaching remains the same.
▪ He created the classroom method of teaching, as opposed to one-on-one instruction, then founded numerous schools.
▪ In class, Albers used a hands-on method to teach key ideas.
▪ Torture methods taught in the 1983 manual include stripping suspects naked and keeping them blindfolded.
▪ And the standard method of teaching was sheer translation.
▪ It runs over 150 primary and nursery schools, and 12 secondary schools teaching agriculture, commerce and industry.
▪ More than 50 high schools established cooperative courses with post-secondary schools, taught on the high school campus.
▪ Sheelagh Mullany, a business studies teacher, is using school computers to teach word-processing to a group of parents.
▪ Throughout the sixties and well into the seventies, children were cultivated at school, not taught.
▪ The teachers in our schools did not teach it.
▪ We now face the disgraceful situation of nearly 1 million children in primary schools being taught in classes of more than 30.
▪ So the Science Centres nearing completion in Glasgow and Dundee will provide an enormous boost to science teaching throughout the country.
▪ She was thinking about switching to the science teaching program in the School of Education.
▪ The quality of science teaching has also declined relative to other subjects.
▪ Back in the 1960s, science was taught only to a minority of children-the most academically able at secondary level.
▪ The report also said science teaching standards in the early secondary years lagged behind other subjects.
▪ It will celebrate the successes of science teaching in schools and colleges and will share the latest ideas.
▪ The new national strategy must find ways to encourage more challenging and exciting practical science teaching.
▪ If science has taught us anything, however, it is that the environment is full of uncertainty.
▪ Learning the turtle reaction is combined with teaching the child problem-solving skills, during which recent problem situations are discussed.
▪ It has added courses in its industrial engineering and automotive divisions that teach more advanced skills.
▪ However, when business schools say that they can effectively teach entrepreneurial skills, what do they really mean?
▪ Youths are taught nutrition-related skills, enabling them to improve the adequacy of their diets.
▪ We can no longer assume that because some one can do the job they can teach the skill.
▪ Leadership courses can only teach skills.
▪ Another strand of my job was to teach management skills to local health workers.
▪ Working together, the staff developed numerous ways to use the neighborhood around the school to teach academic skills.
▪ Council members condemned plans to make universities bid for public money based on the number of students they expected to teach.
▪ Yale graduate students who help teach undergraduates are withholding first-semester grades in an attempt to force the university to recognize their union.
▪ In practising a form, the student is taught to defend himself against a series of imaginary opponents.
▪ As a first-year graduate student, I taught an undergraduate honors seminar on concepts of normality.
▪ Each student would teach at least one lesson on each visit.
▪ Those new standards, the product of years of work, will dramatically change the way students are taught in California.
▪ Departments and faculties receive staffing calculated from the student FTEs they teach.
▪ Also typical of Black Mountain was the assumption that students had things to teach their teachers.
▪ And as you teach all subjects in the Junior School, you will be able to let Art enliven all your work.
▪ The amendment required that all teachers be certified to teach the subjects to which they were assigned.
▪ Choice One of the crucial decisions, now, is whether to teach a subject discretely, or to integrate.
▪ It is often said that good teachers do not teach subject matter, they teach who they are.
▪ But the number of graduates securing places on training courses to teach these subjects is still being squeezed.
▪ This plot construction is unnecessary; why not just teach the subject at hand?
▪ We believe that it is educationally wrong to teach a subject in isolation without linking it to the outside world.
▪ It would use new methods to teach traditional academic subjects and equip young people with technical skills.
▪ This method is less time-consuming as one teacher will be teaching several learners.
▪ The amendment required that all teachers be certified to teach the subjects to which they were assigned.
▪ L teacher who has taught lots of lessons with the unit.
▪ Thus the teacher users will be teaching the whole system - program plus published documents.
▪ It is often said that good teachers do not teach subject matter, they teach who they are.
▪ The designer who assumes all teachers will teach like him, or as he intends, is probably writing private programs.
▪ Other teachers ought to teach this way too.
▪ Rita is a machine knitter of 20 years' standing who has taught many techniques of the craft.
▪ Can a teacher sue a principal for slander for making critical remarks about his or her teaching techniques?
▪ A pilot course to teach community interpreter training techniques was set up at the Polytechnic of Central London last year.
▪ Everyone, including aides and orderlies, was taught techniques so that each patient was moved as much as possible.
▪ It may also be possible to promote rest by teaching some specific relaxation technique, e.g. deep breathing, yoga.
▪ However, in these settings, at their best, great strides were made in medical and teaching techniques.
▪ To avoid these situations it is important for pilots to be taught the right technique for the take-off run.
▪ Promoting and teaching laboratory techniques appropriate for public health purposes are also critical.
▪ The father has to teach his boy various things.
▪ It will teach you some things about yourself.
▪ The people who had more experience used to teach me lots of things.
▪ Humbling experiences on the golf course have taught her to take things slowly, and not get too far ahead of herself.
▪ They jest don't teach interestin' things at school.
▪ He was a great friend, the ultimate companion-older and wiser, some one who could teach me things.
▪ In the days to come she would tell me the story, she would teach me many things.
▪ He taught me things that saved my life several times.
▪ I teach at the University of Colorado.
▪ He continued to teach in the university until his wife died, when he resumed his Fellowship and took Orders.
▪ The papacy, to maintain orthodoxy, placed restrictions on which universities could teach theology.
▪ She was an undergrad at Barnard and he a graduate teaching assistant at the university.
▪ That year, she began teaching at Georgetown University, from which the president had graduated in 1968.
▪ We may well ask: where shall I begin in teaching a brand new congregation?
▪ He began teaching at Cal State Fresno in 1979.
▪ By that time Bechet had settled in Brooklyn, where he began teaching to help his pocket.
▪ She began teaching the nine-session class in suburban Dallas, and continued to do so when the couple moved to Austin.
▪ It is therefore extremely important that such a vital ability should at least begin to be taught during the school years.
▪ That year, she began teaching at Georgetown University, from which the president had graduated in 1968.
▪ I have learned that there are no special practices or techniques we must learn in order to teach mathematics to our bilingual children.
▪ That you must teach others what you have learned.
▪ As a result there is some prospect of schools once more becoming places where children are expected to learn and teachers to teach.
▪ That is precisely what these teachers do by creating an active, hands-on environment for learning and teaching.
▪ But equally important, learning about rabbits taught Miles, Evan, arid me more about people.
▪ Teachers are going back to university to learn how to teach the National Curriculum.
▪ But the children scuttled those plans, some jumping immediately on to the Net, learning databases and teaching their friends.
▪ I was writing at the time and trying to teach myself languages.
▪ Vladimir finally gave up trying to teach me and returned to his sketching.
▪ My own experience of trying to teach and train managers is that it is extremely difficult to teach grown up people anything.
▪ She tried to teach him how to play the piano, but he had no great talent for it.
▪ Finally we stopped trying to teach and also fled to Nampula.
▪ The teachers, who were trying to teach lip-reading, understood only a few basic signs.
▪ Yet, haven't we tried to teach and think in non-racial history?
learn/be taught sth at your mother's knee
secondary education/schooling/teaching etc
▪ A father explained to me that he would put one of his three sons through primary and secondary education.
▪ All had to prepare a Development Plan describing five years' improvement to bring about secondary education for all.
▪ During secondary education, the use of the spoken word increases.
▪ Full mixed-ability teaching, especially if it reached into the middle and later years of secondary schooling, was comparatively rare.
▪ If you came from a poor family the only way you could get secondary education was by gaining a scholarship.
▪ In practice, given the monoglot tendency in secondary education it might be difficult to recruit students with the necessary competence.
▪ Remember that people were then leaving school at 12 or 14 and there was no secondary education available in the town.
▪ These differences increased during secondary education: children from lower-status occupational groups declined from their 11 plus position relative to higher groups.
teach/show sb a trick or two
▪ Experienced teachers can teach new teachers a trick or two.
the teaching/scientific/criminal etc fraternity
Teaching literature to the fifth grade is no joke!
▪ Grandpa taught me a new card trick.
▪ I've always wanted to learn to ski - could you teach me?
▪ I taught for a year in France.
▪ I teach 18- to 21-year olds.
▪ I prefer teaching the older children.
▪ It took us several hours to teach all the dance moves to the girls.
▪ Joe's mother taught him that he could do anything, if only he tried hard enough.
▪ Miss Himes teaches the youngest class, the four and five- year-olds.
▪ My Dad taught school in New York.
▪ My mother taught me how to cook.
▪ Parents need to teach their children the difference between right and wrong.
▪ Russell has been teaching in Japan for almost ten years.
▪ She teaches English to Italian students.
▪ She got a job teaching German at a local school.
▪ When I was young, children were taught to treat older people with respect.
▪ Who taught you to drive?
▪ You must remember Mr Hughes - he used to teach us history.
▪ During his teens, his father was building a law practice in Brooklyn and teaching law part-time.
▪ Léonie kept her hands outside the covers as she had been taught by the nuns at her primary school.
▪ My brief was to teach art and history of art to all age groups.
▪ Nobody has to sleep; you're taught to sleep when you're a kid.
▪ Public schools should not teach metaphysics without clearly identifying them as such.
▪ The teaching facilities for our Drama Department needed reconfiguring and redecorating.
▪ There was never a suggestion that my father alone could not love me, teach me, discipline me.
▪ Wyatt hugged her; she had taught him how to swim two summers ago.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Teach \Teach\ (t[=e]ch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Taught (t[add]t); p. pr. & vb. n. Teaching.] [OE. techen, imp. taughte, tahte, AS. t[=ae]cean, imp. t[=ae]hte, to show, teach, akin to t[=a]cn token. See Token.]

  1. To impart the knowledge of; to give intelligence concerning; to impart, as knowledge before unknown, or rules for practice; to inculcate as true or important; to exhibit impressively; as, to teach arithmetic, dancing, music, or the like; to teach morals.

    If some men teach wicked things, it must be that others should practice them.

  2. To direct, as an instructor; to manage, as a preceptor; to guide the studies of; to instruct; to inform; to conduct through a course of studies; as, to teach a child or a class. ``He taught his disciples.''
    --Mark ix. 31.

    The village master taught his little school.

  3. To accustom; to guide; to show; to admonish.

    I shall myself to herbs teach you.

    They have taught their tongue to speak lies.
    --Jer. ix. 5.

    Note: This verb is often used with two objects, one of the person, the other of the thing; as, he taught me Latin grammar. In the passive construction, either of these objects may be retained in the objective case, while the other becomes the subject; as, I was taught Latin grammar by him; Latin grammar was taught me by him.

    Syn: To instruct; inform; inculcate; tell; guide; counsel; admonish. See the Note under Learn.


Teach \Teach\, v. i. To give instruction; to follow the business, or to perform the duties, of a preceptor.

And gladly would he learn, and gladly teach.

The priests thereof teach for hire.
--Micah iii. 11.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English tæcan (past tense tæhte, past participle tæht) "to show, point out, declare, demonstrate," also "to give instruction, train, assign, direct; warn; persuade," from Proto-Germanic *taikijan "to show" (cognates: Old High German zihan, German zeihen "to accuse," Gothic ga-teihan "to announce"), from PIE *deik- "to show, point out" (see diction). Related to Old English tacen, tacn "sign, mark" (see token). Related: Taught; teaching.\n\nenraged Lemonade Vendor [Edgar Kennedy]: I'll teach you to kick me! \n
Chico: you don't have to teach me, I know how.

[kicks him]

\nThe usual sense of Old English tæcan was "show, declare, warn, persuade" (compare German zeigen "to show," from the same root); while the Old English word for "to teach, instruct, guide" was more commonly læran, source of modern learn and lore.

Etymology 1 vb. (label en obsolete transitive) To show (someone) the way; to guide, conduct. Etymology 2

n. (context pejorative informal English) teacher


Teach is an Irish language term.

The following definition of the term has been given by Dónall Mac Giolla Easpaig

''The word teach, 'a house', is the only widely attested native Irish element to designate a church of monastic site in early placenames. the term is found in placenames of all periods but, generally speaking, the meaning '(monastic) church'. The late Deirdre Flanagan has suggested that the deployment of teach as an ecclesiastical placename element is a continuation of the pagan use of the term to denote sacred or mythological sites. There is sufficient evidence available to show that [some] of the eccleiastical sitename [of Ireland] containing the element teach is of pre-Christian origin.''

He further notes that along with the words Cíll and Díseart it can be loosely translated as church. Teach is purely Gaelic, while the other two are derived from Latin.

It is now used in Ireland to denote a secular dwelling, often a family house. An alternative form is tígh.

Usage examples of "teach".

Weavers travelled from town to village to city, appearing at festivals or gatherings, teaching the common folk to recognise the Aberrant in their midst, urging them to give up the creatures that hid among them.

For your willing ear and prospectus of what you might teach us, we will make sure, on your eight-hour shift, that we take all drunks, accidents, gunshots, and abusive hookers away from the House of God and across town to the E.

To begin with, the four different classes were not hereditary but in time they became so, probably led by the Brahmans, whose task of memorising the Vedas was more easily achieved if fathers could begin teaching their sons early on.

Thus, all the while that Galileo was inventing modern physics, teaching mathematics to princes, discovering new phenomena among the planets, publishing science books for the general public, and defending his bold theories against establishment enemies, he was also buying thread for Suor Luisa, choosing organ music for Mother Achillea, shipping gifts of food, and supplying his homegrown citrus fruits, wine, and rosemary leaves for the kitchen and apothecary at San Matteo.

The English, despite the fact that they are in the doctrine of faith alone, nevertheless in the exhortation to the Holy Communion openly teach self-examination, acknowledgment, confession of sins, penitence and renewal of life, and warn those who do not do these things with the words that otherwise the devil will enter into them as he did into Judas, fill them with all iniquity, and destroy both body and soul.

With his guardian Addis de Valence teaching him to see the small evidence left behind by men on horse or foot, he had led the small troop that caught them.

She paused and waited to see how I would react and then I realized that she was talking about Aden Fiske and not the dean or someone at Caldwell College, where I teach.

Latimer taught me everything there is to know about adjectival inflection.

In parting from you, I beg to express the gratitude I have felt all my life for the affectionate fidelity which characterised your teaching and conduct toward me.

Let the boy who wants to be a farmer carry with him the memory of successful Negro farmers and of a Negro who knew enough about scientific agriculture to teach him to compete with the best white farmers in the country.

He may be aikido, not judo, but he taught me to extend my own ki through my voice.

Manson taught his followers that the White Album prophesied that the black races would rise up and murder the whites but that Manson and his Family would be saved.

Micum began with the basics, teaching Alec how to grip the weapon so that it balanced to his advantage, what stances presented the smallest target to an opponent, and simple slash and parry maneuvers.

Watching the girls trying to teach Alec a country dance in the hall one snowy afternoon toward the end of the week, Micum realized he was going to miss the boy when he was gone.

He got experimental amaranth that Novinha had rejected for human use because it was too closely akin to Lusitanian biochemistry, and he taught the piggies how to plant it and harvest it and prepare it as food.