from: language: Time spent with my students makes my life full of new experiences and situations, preventing me from getting stuck in a rut. Although working with children is my personal favourite, I enjoy teaching all students regardless of their age. I focus my lessons on spoken English and communication and I like to use my own original materials in my lessons, placing emphasis on active use of English based on my students’ needs.
from: language: I love teaching because, in my opinion, there should be no borders in culture. My students’ progress makes me feel proud, and talking with them as if they were my fellow countrymen makes me feel happy. In my lessons, we play, learn and have fun. Music, riddles, articles and gestures will soon make you true Italians. :-)
Fosca Di Gabriele
from: language: For me, teaching is the perfect moment to share my roots, my heart… and the sun of my country! I like to play games with my students, play the devil’s advocate, and become a bit of an actress to provoke emotions that Italian can convey. We learn, laugh, and fall in love with this beautiful, lively language together.
from: language: Generally speaking, I like when people are motivated to learn and I’m grateful to help. Our communicative exchange tends to be very interesting and inspiring and I believe that spontaneous and adaptive lessons lead to more vivid memories. Therefore I let my students mostly find their way through classes by themselves and only guide where really necessary. I also try to present topics with a connection to the students, as there is simply much more to talk about then. (And then I hide some grammar in there. :-)
from: language: What I like about teaching the most is busting the myths of how difficult Czech is. :) I refuse to believe in ‘no pain, no gain’. Instead, I see the teacher as a guide, assistant and support for students. In my lessons, students can discover grammar rules themselves through practical phrases and interesting texts. They deduct the meaning of words from context. We practise everything in a complex way, using it in conversation. I tailor lessons to the student’s needs, which is why I like to use my own materials.
from: language: What I like about teaching the most is the fact that I can make someone’s life richer and easier, just by helping them learn a foreign language. Personally, I think German is a beautiful language and teaching allows me to show this to the others, too. The most important thing to me is that my students can feel relaxed and ok about making mistakes in my lessons. I try to create a pleasant atmosphere when students are encouraged to take part in conversation or other activities. I also put a lot of emphasis on individual approach, everyone needs to practise something different: I try to tailor my lessons to each of them.
from: language: I like teaching my language to anyone who needs it to communicate with the others or who studies it just for the joy of learning. The key, in my opinion, is the student’s active participation, which is why I like to use games, videos and all the other activities which make learning more fun but effective.
from: language: Teaching languages is a pleasure. Languages have fascinated me and have become my long-term pastime since I was a child. What I like the most about teaching is the great feeling you get when you see your student make a progress from one lesson to another, learning something new and standing on their own two feet. :-) A smile makes everything better, so in my lessons I always smile in abundance to create a friendly, easy-going atmosphere. I like to use different materials, but the thing we’ll focus on the most will be speaking so that you get the hang of the language with all its peculiarities. So breathe, smile & go for it!
from: language: For me, teaching German means a very interesting and enriching experience. I try to make the most of student talking time so that we can watch their progress together. I’m happy to share my experience with living in a different country and apply my experience from work in a Czech-German environment. My lessons are based on conversation, grammar, facts about German-speaking countries and I also like to work with songs and films.
from: language: The one thing I appreciate about teaching English is the variety it brings along. When teaching children, I love to discover new ways to make them feel enthusiastic about the language. My aim is for them to see our lesson as a time enjoyed together, not as an obligation, using books, games and topics interesting for them and close to their age as a means to achieve this goal. When teaching adults, I truly appreciate their dedication to find time to learn a new language; I strive to live up to their expectations through careful lesson planning and a variety of topics so that they are soon able to use English in their personal and professional lives.
from: language: I’m happy to see that I can pass on my knowledge and to hear my students say they were able to get by when they needed to, or that a concept they couldn’t grasp finally makes sense to them. I also enjoy meeting people from different walks of life and learning about lots of new facts and interesting stories. My lessons tend to be very conversation-based, I focus on useful vocabulary and practise grammar in a spoken form, not just filling in exercises. I tailor my lessons to my student’s needs instead of blindly following a textbook. I have a lot of materials of my own and I like to use pictures, audio tracks, vocabulary cards or graded readers.
from: language: What I like about teaching is getting to meet a lot of different people and working with them on a one-to-one or small-group basis. That means I get to know my students quite well, which allows me to respond quickly and purposefully to their needs. I prefer to teach through conversation, using news articles taken from English sites. While I do teach from textbooks, I find that they can be quite limiting, especially for more advanced students. I do not like formal grammar teaching because English breaks its own rules so often. I prefer to teach a grammatical structure through speaking and usage in as many situations as possible – practice makes perfect!