Why did you choose teaching English as your career?
In the world which is increasingly globalized, there has been rising demand of English as a foreign language in a multitude of sectors. I see this growing demand as a potential field to work in besides my keen interest in English since I was a high school student. Thus, I choose to pursue a career in English teaching. Another reason is that teaching gives me a chance to work with a multitude of students with different backgrounds, which fits my personal interest as I am a rather social person. I love working with people, utilizing interpersonal capacity instead of working alone behind desk. Being able to make students understand lessons is a sensation I cherish every time I teach.
How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching for approximately 3 years in some private courses in Padang. I also tutor some students in their house during the time.
What do you like most in teaching and giving training?
One fascination from teaching and giving training is when I see that students enjoy activities I design and not to mention take something out of those activities. I am beyond glad when my students participate actively in my class and apply directly what I instruct.
What are the three ways to be successful in learning English?
I think since language is more a skill than knowledge, there are 3 things which I think are necessary: theory, companion, and practice. Theory is undeniably important as students won’t be able to make correct use of English without basic understanding of rules in the language. However, mastering theory is not also enough. This is where the role of companion takes place. Students need companions to communicate the rules they have learned. Finally, having a consistent, repetitive practice with them ensures fluency. If they practice their language only for once a week, for example, it is very unlikely that they are going to learn it successfully in a short time. It is also the reason some people lose their language skill when they don’t use it for a particular period of time.
What do you find challenging in teaching?
A difficult task in teaching, I think, is finding comprehensive activities which contain educational values but at the same time also provide fun, engaging learning. A significant portion of time should be invested to design such activities.