Let me start off by saying I was not a good German student. I found learning languages very hard at secondary school and only took German because I had to study a language and I found it easier than French (despite studying French for longer). Share the post “What I learnt from my German Teacher [...]
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Part of the series: Lessons Learned from Students Back with the ink was barely dry on my MATESOL, I had a group of students from whom I learned many, many lessons. This post is about three of those lessons… The setting: A once-a-week English class at a high school in Japan, in the mid 1980s. [...]
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As an EFL teacher with a long career, I’ve been around the block a few times! I’ve taught all levels from kindergarten to mature adults and I think I’ve learnt one or two things along the way. However, for me, I think the lesson that I learnt quite early in my career remains for me [...]
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I have two nieces and I love taking them to the cinema as I really enjoy watching children’s movies, which are highly inspiring for me as sources of values I can apply in my daily life and in my teaching career. One of the latest I have seen, and particularly enjoyed as it was my [...]
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I can still remember my first Christmas lesson seven years ago. My 3rd graders were making little Santas from red paper and we were chatting about the presents they expected to get that year. Foolish as I was back then, I suddenly asked ‘Of course you no longer believe in…?’. No, I didn’t finish that [...]
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Part of the series: Lessons Learned from Students THE BACKGROUND: 2008, I returned to the 7th grade Social Studies classroom after a seven-year hiatus in Computer Applications and the Media Center. I wanted back in the classroom where I could work with a smaller number of students and develop a long-term relationship as a teacher [...]
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