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Posted by Bartosz Goździeniak
Bartosz Goździeniak
An English teacher and proud of it.
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on czwartek, 28 listopad 2013 in Learning English

Hi there! It's been a while since I last wrote anything in my blog, yet I couldn't decide what I should cover. Should I share my pet hates about students as hinted in the last entry? In the end, I dropped the idea as I'd rather focus on the positive side of life. Having said this, I'd like to write about the things I like about my students.

Honesty

I know it rings a bell. Haven't I written about it recently? Still, it's by far the most important thing. Whether it's about homework, not understanding grammar or vocabulary, a text or listening material, I want to know it all. The more questions you ask, the better you know the language. Please remember, there are no dumb questions.

Tastes

We all have the things which we like, don't like, hate or don't care about. Please consider and make your own list. The conversation I really hate to have with my students goes like this:

(T)eacher: What kind of music do you like?

(S)tudent: I don't know. Maybe rock.

T: So who's your favourite artist?

S: I don't know

.T: So wat music do you listen to in your free time?

S: I listen to the radio.

T: What radio station?

S: (gives a name of a station where you can only listen to crappy pop mixed with ridiculous competitions where you can win ridiculous amounts of money by sending a ridiculously priced text with an answer to a ridiculous question [Personal comment: most radio stations in Poland, unfortunately])

I really would prefer to hear that you don't care about music. Like once I had this student who admitted he didn't read any books because he didn't like reading at all. How much better is that answer from staggering about things you kinda like? Sometimes I think students do that because they don't want to look stupid, yet what can be stupid in having your own tastes? On the contrary, it shows you have a life.

Creativity

Yes, I have mentioned that before too. It makes the whole process of learning soooo much easier and funnier when I and my students have fun. The more creative my students, the better the laughter. In the end, it's not what you say but how you say it that matters (in the classroom of course).

To sum up, the things I love about students are when they're honest, have tastes and are creative. If I remember about anything else, I'll try to tell you.

See you!

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