I’m uncomfortable with the pairing ‘teacher – student’. It implies a vertical relationship and such an understanding, in my view at least, can be counterproductive.
In the context of my classes (all with practising lawyers) I’m much more at home with the term ‘client’ than ‘learner’ or ‘student’ because ‘client’ concentrates my mind on certain aspects of our relationship:
a - a client is an equal
- as a service provider, I answer to my clients; if I don’t do a good job, I’ll lose the contract
- a good adviser (which a teacher is - especially an ESP teacher) works together with his/her clients to establish clear goals and expectations
I hesitate to ask you for your thoughts on what I can call myself…