Want to learn more about our Native English Teachers? This blog is a great avenue to do that. Today, we are talking with Roz, one of our Native English Teachers. Learn how our English teachers can help you become an expert communicator in English.
Here’s our interview with Roz:
A typical lesson is very similar to chatting with friends in English. A wide variety of topics can be discussed and expanded upon as the students and teachers get to know one another. The student has the opportunity to get feedback as to how they are speaking and pointers on ways to improve their vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar.
The topics range from things as basic as the weather to more serious issues. As I get to know each student I look for common interests and topics that we are both knowledgeable in. Having a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in the psychology, I particularly enjoy conversations regarding human behavior and relationships such as issues in parenting when the student also has an interest in this. However, I always try to encourage the student to pick the topic so they are discussing something they are most comfortable with.
I find that learning proper pronunciation is critical to being understood. Accents are often difficult to understand and improper pronunciation can be a major factor in the student not being understood. I try to jot down words that the students repeatedly mispronounce and provide them with feedback on this prior to ending the session.
Practice, practice, practice! Take every opportunity available to speak in English, read English text, and write in English too.
Speaking with students around the world gives me the opportunity to learn about other cultures which I find fascinating. It also gives me a chance to help others in a manner that is totally different from my work in human services.
My greatest passion is getting to know other people from all walks of life and helping others when possible. I spent 17 years doing specialized foster care, working both my clients and their families. I raised my 2 natural daughters, both of whom are in their early 20’s now and I am also the proud grandmother of a wonderful 2 year old. Prior to having my children I had the opportunity to travel to England and Jamaica and I am looking forward to seeing as much of the world as possible now that my children are on their own.