It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and so for the whole week, we’re devoting this blog to our favorite teachers: our e-Tutors!
We currently have tutors in 17 of our languages here at Living Language, and many of them have been working with us for years. We thought you might want to get to know them a little better, and learn what they love most about teaching their language to you. We’ll be posting new interviews with our tutors every day on our blog, and we’ll update this page with excerpts of these interviews all week.
“Everyone learns a language differently. It’s important as a teacher to keep that in mind and differentiate instruction whenever possible.”
“My favorite part is when students learn the basics of Russian and they pass through their initial frustrations, they begin to read, speak and write in Russian! Even when they just know very simple words and short phrases and even when they make mistakes which is normal, I can see how happy these people are because they get to experience Russian.”
“[A]s a teacher, I often feel like a travel guide, showing a student how to discover this wonderfully bright new world.”
“The curious idiosyncrasies peculiar to each language are for me a constant source of fascination. To know two languages gives you unique insights on the particular way a people sees and thinks about the world. ”
“I love that Hebrew is both a very ancient and a very modern language. It crosses through time and space in a way that not many languages spoken today do. Hebrew carries a history as well as a very dynamic present tense where old root words are used to build and create very contemporary new vocabulary and where language is always growing and expanding with the times.”
“My favorite part about teaching my language is how much I learn. We speak our mother tongue without thinking too much about it. Often students ask why something is said the way it is said, and really most times there is not an answer to that: languages evolved to become what they are these days (and they continue evolving) and some things started being said this or that way and stayed, whereas others didn’t.”
“My favorite phrase in Arabic is Ma Shaa’ Allah ما شاء الله and is used as an abbreviation for a phrase that expresses appreciation, joy, praise, or thankfulness for an event or person that was just mentioned.”
“It’s wonderful to be able to help students pursue their non-linguistic interests through the language. For example, many students love Japanese comic books and anime and it is a great feeling to know that I am helping them understand and appreciate what they like even better.”
Check back on this page; we’ll be adding new interviews with our wonderful e-Tutors every day. You can learn more about e-Tutoring here.