Five C's for commerce teaching


  • helping students make personal/social networks between students
  • making connections between own perspective, academic theory and practice/the real world
  • use relevant examples, current examples, and recent readings
  • do repetitions/reinforcements: repeated in different ways to ground it
  • connect with the students: use examples that relate to students' lives and look for common ground; popular media, sports, student life. But don't force it - be yourself.


  • make the class 'dialogic'. Make it like a conversation, not a lecture. Make it inclusive
  • have variety: sometimes monologue, two way, or multi-way exchanges
  • break down barriers by relinquishing control
  • invest time in questions
  • don't talk down to students.


  • critical thinking, teaching ways of thinking, not what to think
  • allow space for creative and original thinking
  • make it relevant to real work situations and 'light up' pathways to becoming reflective practitioners
  • keep readings, theories and examples up to date
  • life learning.


  • respect students and their diversity
  • be aware of their lives and the pressures they are under
  • be aware of how intimidating we can be, and of the newness of it all
  • be aware of the loneliness in a big class and alienation at university.


  • each class develops its own culture
  • create the atmosphere that you want
  • teach to your audience: each class of students is different
  • the first class sets the scene: go through the teacher-student relationship and get an agreement/contract.

Please contact us for further information.
Faculty of Commerce VBS
Phone +64-4-463 5376