044 : Meet Michelle – An ESL teacher, Spanish professor, and much more!


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  1. Give their introduction
    • Michelle
    • Used to be a lawyer
    • Speaks Spanish
    • Teaches Spanish at Oakwood University
    • Head of the ESL department at Oakwood University
    • Played basketball in university with Teacher Tiffani
  2. Why did you become an English teacher and how long have you been an English teacher?
    • Became the head of the ESL program at Oakwood University
    • Prior to becoming the head of the ESL department, she had only taught one student
  3. Can you tell us about your first teaching experience?
    • The students were mixed – various levels
    • Didn’t know how to prepare
    • Started with her version of a placement test
    • The students knew vocabulary, but they had a hard time forming sentences and conjugating
    • Students were not able to show their personalities because of the language barrier
  4. As a teacher, what have you noticed are the three best qualities of a good English student?
    • Participate // Take risks and be okay with making mistakes (Participate)
    • Collaborate // Collaborating with other students – open to interact with classmates
    • Prepare // Students that prepare
  5. Did you ever have a favorite student? Tell us about him/her
    • Usually one or two favorites per class
    • Very enthusiastic
    • Always trying to speak in English
    • Have lots of energy
    • Committed to the process of language learning
  6. What is the hardest thing about teaching English?
    • Knowing how to approach it
    • Trying to find a balance when teaching students
    • Deciding how to actually help her students
  7. What do you enjoy most about teaching English?
    • Seeing a student’s progress
    • When students learn new expressions/words and use them properly
  8. Do you speak another language? Tell us about it. / or / If you could learn another language, what language would you learn and why?
    • Spanish
  9. Do you know any good English resources?
    • YouTube channel : Eva Del Aire
    • YouTube channel : Late Night Talk shows (Stephen Colbert)
    • YouTube channel : Late Night With Seth Myer
  10. Advice for other 2nd language teachers, students, and teachers
    • Dive in head first – Go further than you think you can
    • Go out of your comfort zone
    • Jump in! Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
    • The majority of people are kind. If you make a mistake, half of the people will just listen and possibly correct you. They want to help.
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ANDRE LUIZ ALVES DA SILVA DO NASCIMENTO
ANDRE LUIZ ALVES DA SILVA DO NASCIMENTO
2 years ago

this teacher is amazing

farooq khan
farooq khan
2 years ago

thank you very much

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