MatNic wrote:English language.
Learning The English language has been a whole experience to me. I started when I was 15 and until now 15 years later I find myself struggling to find the right grammatical explanation for somebody else. Anyway learning English was very fun for me at the beginning because I was very motivated by myself and by my friends who where also attending the same language institute I was going to .My friends started the course first, so when they came to school speaking in another language it just sounded interesting and I wanted to do the same.
My Mother who was the one who paid for the language institute challenged me and said:
“ I f you fail one month ,it is over” so then I felt that I had to do it .
Now that I am a teacher I realize how important it is for a student to be motivated, a student who really wants to learn is perseverant and continues his/her learning outside the classroom watching films in English, listening to music, reading books, etc.
So that is what I did. I finished the first year successfully didn’t fail any month but still after that I couldn’t communicate fluently I took some advanced courses of communication I guess what, I failed .
So Then I realized that it was just the beginning . I didn’t give up and I finished all the program which consisted of teaching courses including linguistics and methodology.
And I couldn’t believe how at the end of the 2 years program I was communicating with other new teachers.
I started teaching children and I just loved it. I didn’t have to bother about advanced grammar explanations but it was a different challenge anyway .
Young children are wonderful processors of new information and in my experience can learn to read and write quickly, if well motivated. They must enjoy the process and be in a positive, fun, success-oriented learning environment.
After 6 years of teaching English to children I moved to America because I had a job opportunity in the hospitality bussines .
When I started talking to native speakers I realized that my English wasn’t as perfect as I thought .
I remember taking an order from a guest he said something like: “ Gime a bud please” I went with a big question mark in my head ( What did he just say?)
I asked my coworker and I got the right sentence “ Give me a budwiser please ?” .
Talking to native speakers was something different.
Now I have no problem to understand them and later on I could distinguish the diferrent accents and learn a lot of idioms.
After living in America for 5 years I went back to teach children because I realized that it is a very fulfilling and gratifying experience and I don’t want to change it again.Teaching is what I love .
Now here I am in Eastern Europe trying to get into a course for teachers but I have been wondering since I read the paper , if the course like it says is intended to be for teachers with little experience or no experience at all then why do they ask “How would you explain this, and that grammatically?
I know how to speak fluently but I guess the pre task paper is pushing me to wake up my grammar awareness.
I am reviewing now my grammar book and I know to be accepeted in the course is what I want to the most. (Oh it rhymes
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