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Sep. 19th, 2007 07:24 pm
bagheera_san: (Buckbeak)
I've got two regular groups of students at the private tutoring school now. Most of them are boys, aged around 13-15, and they all take lessons in English or German. Now, English is fine, and so is the absence of French - but teaching German to native speakers, all of whom are not particularly talented at it nor are interested in it: that's challenging. The texts and excercises in the available textbooks are awful. They'd bore me to tears, too. It's all "social issues! immigrant children! What I did in my vacation!" And I don't expect teenaged boys to actually admit to liking love poetry by Berthold Brecht, either. I'm half of a mind to print a text about World of Warcraft for one of the English students. I mean, grammar is grammar and vocabulary is vocabulary, no matter the context, right?

Also, I think fanfic has ruined me for this job, because I don't like to outright critizise stuff. I can point out mistakes, but if one of the boys writes a text and that text is cute and creative, I don't actually want to tell him, "well, you're using informal speech there, and spelled this and that wrong, and...", because that's not what is important to me. (But it is to their education.) I just want to tell him "cute story! I love your characterization!"

Some of the kids started quizzing me about myself, and asked what my average on my highschool diploma (Abitur) was, and I responded "1.3" (scale goes from 1.0 to 4.0, four being worst) and they were all aghast and said "What, and you're gonna be a teacher? I'd be a doctor or an engineer or something!" Well, kiddos, if I'll manage to make a living with English Lit, I will. Otherwise, teaching isn't so bad.

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Sep. 19th, 2007 07:24 pm
bagheera_san: (Buckbeak)
I've got two regular groups of students at the private tutoring school now. Most of them are boys, aged around 13-15, and they all take lessons in English or German. Now, English is fine, and so is the absence of French - but teaching German to native speakers, all of whom are not particularly talented at it nor are interested in it: that's challenging. The texts and excercises in the available textbooks are awful. They'd bore me to tears, too. It's all "social issues! immigrant children! What I did in my vacation!" And I don't expect teenaged boys to actually admit to liking love poetry by Berthold Brecht, either. I'm half of a mind to print a text about World of Warcraft for one of the English students. I mean, grammar is grammar and vocabulary is vocabulary, no matter the context, right?

Also, I think fanfic has ruined me for this job, because I don't like to outright critizise stuff. I can point out mistakes, but if one of the boys writes a text and that text is cute and creative, I don't actually want to tell him, "well, you're using informal speech there, and spelled this and that wrong, and...", because that's not what is important to me. (But it is to their education.) I just want to tell him "cute story! I love your characterization!"

Some of the kids started quizzing me about myself, and asked what my average on my highschool diploma (Abitur) was, and I responded "1.3" (scale goes from 1.0 to 4.0, four being worst) and they were all aghast and said "What, and you're gonna be a teacher? I'd be a doctor or an engineer or something!" Well, kiddos, if I'll manage to make a living with English Lit, I will. Otherwise, teaching isn't so bad.
bagheera_san: (Miss Martian)
Ahem. Well, perhaps not superteacher, but I definitely survived my first four hours of giving French and English lessons at the private tutoring program without major embarrassment, and at times (when I got a second to catch a breath) it was even fun. Particularly the moment when I let the last students out of class, packed my stuff up and went to tell the boss that all went well. That was yay.

The kids are all very nice (they range from 13-18 in age, and all but one are boys.) I feel a bit sorry for some of them, their parents must be really ambitious, because their grades aren't that bad and none of them are stupid or terribly lazy.

I have to say that these small classes of four to five people are wonderful. You don't get thirty students with a mob mentality, and you can give each of them attention. You have to pay constant attention, though. In the second lesson, I gave one boy French exercises to do and then suddenly, ten minutes in, I realized that he was an English student. He didn't say a word, though, just seemed slightly confused and uncertain.

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bagheera_san: (Miss Martian)
Ahem. Well, perhaps not superteacher, but I definitely survived my first four hours of giving French and English lessons at the private tutoring program without major embarrassment, and at times (when I got a second to catch a breath) it was even fun. Particularly the moment when I let the last students out of class, packed my stuff up and went to tell the boss that all went well. That was yay.

The kids are all very nice (they range from 13-18 in age, and all but one are boys.) I feel a bit sorry for some of them, their parents must be really ambitious, because their grades aren't that bad and none of them are stupid or terribly lazy.

I have to say that these small classes of four to five people are wonderful. You don't get thirty students with a mob mentality, and you can give each of them attention. You have to pay constant attention, though. In the second lesson, I gave one boy French exercises to do and then suddenly, ten minutes in, I realized that he was an English student. He didn't say a word, though, just seemed slightly confused and uncertain.

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Comment here and I will reply to you and tell you what icon of yours I associate with you. Once I reply, please repost this in your own journal, because I want to know what icon you associate with me.

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