050 : Meet Sashai – An ESL teacher who loves learning about different cultures!




  1. Give their introduction
    • Sashai
    • She used to play basketball
    • Met Tiffani in Seoul as missionary English teachers
    • Really loves food
    • Really likes trying something new and scary at least once a year
    • Likes to try new things
    • From South Africa, Cape Town
  2. Why did you become an English teacher and how long have you been an English teacher?
    • About 8 years
    • She decided that she wanted to try something new
    • Always wanted to teach and started to research how to become an English teacher
    • God led her to South Korea to be a missionary
  3. Can you tell us about your first teaching experience?
    • 6:30 am, deep in the winter, and there were 13 students
    • Woke up the first morning with a cold, voice was gone, and her eyes were red
    • Awkward, but she went with the flow
  4. As a teacher, what have you noticed are the three best qualities of a good English student?
    • Enthusiasm to learn
    • Willingness to listen
    • Being brave enough to ask and speak
  5. Did you ever have a favorite student? Tell us about him/her
    • Any student that had the ability to connect with the lesson personally, make it their own, and then make something from it
    • Students who can connect the lesson with their personalities
  6. What is the hardest thing about teaching English?
    • Trying to help students to navigate and understand the exceptions to the rules as it relates to grammar
    • Balancing grammar and speaking
    • Teaching spelling
    • The cultural aspects that are important in a student’s culture
  7. What do you enjoy most about teaching English?
    • The connections she has with her students
    • The relationships
    • Students who become more interested in the English Bible studies
  8. Do you speak another language? Tell us about it. / or / If you could learn another language, what language would you learn and why?
    • As a Black South African, she speaks 3 languages
    • English
    • Xhosa (Look up “the click song” on YouTube Miriam Makeba)
    • (Comes from the Dutch) Afrikaans
    • (Understands Zulu and 2 other languages)
    • Speaks survival Korean
  9. Do you know any good English resources?
    • Listen to songs on YouTube (Gospel songs)
    • Listen to gospel songs because they are slow and repetitive
    • Listen to good hip hop songs
    • Meet a native English speaker and take them out for coffee or a meal
    • Dating someone from another culture
  10. Advice for other 2nd language teachers, students, and teachers
    • Identify an expert or a consistent role model and engage them
    • Be willing to observe and then find the tools to help you understand
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4 years ago

Thanks for this brilliant postcast interview, Tiffani. I understood a lot, more than 90% I guess. I’m no fluent yet, but I’m improving my English skills and all of your videos are helping a lot to get better day-by-day.

4 years ago

OMG Tiffani, What a interesting and lovely podcast!! How nice to hear the experience you both had in Korean. Sashai, how nice to here you too. I love Cape Town. I have been there already 3 times. My first English interchange course I did in Cape Touwn for one month and then second time 3 months, I learn a lot! And now I live in The Netherlands so I speak Dutch and my third time in Cape Touwn I could understand Afrikaans and I was so happy. Thanks guys, for this lovely podcast. Tiffani, please check your email and Facebook… Read more »

4 years ago

i must thank you all about being inside this site. this is all i love about english for speaker to improve more and more. thanks all team


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