“Learning can be a wonderful experience for people of all ages, cultures and educational backgrounds.”
Two of our teachers, Juvy and Naj, share some of their teaching experiences and offer a little advice to students.
I have been at CIP since 2018. I teach mostly IELTS and TOEIC for students who are aiming to get a good score in these tests. As an English teacher in CIP, I understand that respecting the cultures and personalities of students from different countries is very important. I remember one of my Korean students who did an IELTS speaking practice test every week on Fridays. When I saw her on Thursdays, she was always anxious about her weekly test so I did my best to support her and give her confidence. This experience made me understand that building the confidence of students should be one of the goals of an English teacher.
I teach all the IELTS skills and, for each one, I focus on the key problems that students have. For example, in IELTS reading, I help students to understand the meaning of words and grammar, and how they are used in the passage. Whenever we discuss vocabulary in class, I always tell students to not just memorize meanings but also learn how to use new words and grammar. This way, they can improve their speaking and writing at the same time. It’s important to learn how to understand prefixes and suffixes, and how to use context. All these things make it easier to understand complex vocabulary.
Learning through hard work and practice will help you improve a lot. I believe that there is no such thing as “Instant Success.” It takes a lot of hard work, but finding effective ways to learn will speed up progress and make you feel better about yourself.
For more than two years, teaching English to students from many different countries has been challenging but rewarding for me. Whenever I see my students improving, it gives me joy. I like teaching general skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking combined) because that’s how we mostly use language in the real world. To be honest, it is not easy to teach this way but I prefer it because, for most students, it is more useful and effective in the long term. Fortunately, CIP gave me four weeks intensive training when I first arrived at the school so everyone here can teach general skills as well as individual skills.
In class, I always encourage my students to speak and to express themselves. This way, I can learn about my student’s strength and weaknesses and the areas he/she needs to improve on. In my experience, many students are quite shy about speaking so it’s important to make them feel comfortable and to give them confidence.
I know that encouraging students is really important for motivation because, every time I get even a simple “Thank you, Teacher” from a student, it makes me feel good and encourages me to do better. Learning can be a wonderful experience for people of all ages, cultures and educational backgrounds.