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I had my own classes alone for 2 months, and I fully felt how difficult is the work of the school teacher.
I heard that students’ English level is quite low at the interview before I arrive, but when I actually got there, I was so surprised about their really low English level. First of all, many of them can not to tell their age in English, even their name.
Actually that was the really first time to teach to older kids than age of under 6 or 7 which is my field as a teacher more than elementary school. I was wondering how I teach, so I was thinking various things, ways what I teach them, how I manage, what kind of games we play, what I should say with self-introduction, before travelling. The reality was what I had thought wasn’t be useful and helpful at all. Because my thoughts and ideas were all  in English. Which means they don’t understand my English at all. At all is almost 98%.
The English teacher who was offering me told enthusiastically that I am supposed to do all classes in English as much as possible for students. At the beginning, I thought Yeah, of course I’m gonna do all in English, coz it’s English class! But the fact wasn’t like that smooth and optimistic.
Now, what will happen if you try to progress all the classes in English in such circumstances? My personal conclusion is that no one attend classes = everyone gets bored within 3 minutes = no attention = can not be a lesson. This is my conclusion. I tried.
First of all, in order to carry out a class for one hour, the very first premise is to take their attention. That is the most important thing. Even in case when you contact with children or try to teach children something as well. Everything starts from to take attention from children. And beyond the first premise, how long you can attract them, how long you can keep taking their attention?
Most of students disliked or didn’t have any interests in English. I’ve also known students ‘parents are not interested in English, thinking English is not necessary for their children to live in the town. I actually talked to some my students’ parents about it.
In my very first class, I got their attention arbitrarily without any effort or struggle. Because they were interested in me who is the first Japanese and new comer for them. Not like they were interested in English.
Conclusion, 2 months of lesson, over 80% I’ve used Spanish. The first few weeks, I could not speak Spanish at all, I could not understand nether. Even now I am still beginner. But it was’n only 1 or 2 weeks visiting classes. I had to carry out the classes for two months responsibly and I had to speak Spanish forcibly and desperately even my grammar is so terrible. In the first few classes, younger students laughed at my terrible Spanish, but I didn’t care. Cause that was the only way to take their attention and carry out the class. So gradually students were used to be with my poor English and they tried to understand what I am saying. They helped my Spanish and my class a lot. And somehow I managed all classes for two months, I think I was able to carry out the class upon lots of help from other teachers and students.
To be honest speaking of my feedback, I fell like I barely handed over to 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade. I couldn’t do things quietly with them, because those kids’s age is the most energetic time. They want to move and be more active. I understand that.
9th grade and11th grade are the high school student’s year in my country, and they are in the middle of the time to be adult. Some of them are always lazy to do anything. But they are the most helpful student for me. They helped me a lot and they did very well most of my class. I also enjoyed to talk to them, bout their future, their family, friends, girlfriend, boyfriend, and their future.
The hardest thing was that the man who was also an English teacher and host father who hired me did not help me anything, anything. And there was almost no communication with him and the only thing he does is just give me the topic roughly that is for the class, and I need to do something with the topic. Always he just leave a topic and nothing else he gives me, even any advices. When I ask him even a small tips, he always just say make the class dynamic. That’s all. 2 months, always dynamic. That was sloppy.
After all speaking about myself, low Spanish skill. Even though it is English lesson, I strongly strongly believe that it is necessary to speak the mother tongue of the land there fluently, because it is significant to lead classes of 20 or 30 children or more than that. If I could speak more Spanish, I could lead more children in a positive way and I would have taught more various things. That’s the thing I regret myself.
I am also interested in the treatment of the principal of school who left class to Asian guy who do not understand, speak Spanish well. But all the teachers were very nice people and I could handle the classes upon all their support. I really appreciate.
What I gained in two months in Colombia, I felt lots of things and many things made me thoughtful. That all things including negative things are very valuable for my life.

2ヶ月間1人で授業を持ってみて、学校の先生の大変さが身にしみて感じれた。
まず渡航前の面接で、生徒たちの英語レベルはかなり低いとは聞いていたが、実際に行ってみてその低いさには驚いた。まず自分の歳はおろか、自分の名前すら英語で言えない生徒の方が圧倒的に多い。
初めての小学校以上の先生というのもあり、渡航前に色々と自分なりにどういう風に教えようか、どんなゲームをしたりしようか、まず何を自己紹介で言おうか、考えていた事は全く実現に至らなかった。なぜなら僕の考えていた事は全て英語だったから。
オファーを出していた英語教師は、生徒の為にできるだけ英語で全てやってくれと言っていて、最初はもちろん!と意気込んでいたけれど、現実は厳しかった。生徒の99%が僕が英語で言っている事を全く理解できないのが現状。0だよ、0。僕の歳すら聞き取れない。
さあ、そんな状況で全て英語で授業を進めようとするとどうなるか。僕の結論は、誰も授業についてこれない=皆3分で飽きてくる=アテンションが取れない=授業にならない。これが僕の結論。
まずクラスを1時間遂行するのに、そもそもどんなシチュエーションでもそうだが、子供たちと接する時に1番大事な事は、アテンションを取る事。それが代々前提。そしてその先に、何かを子供に教える時に必要な事は、どれだけの時間子供たちのアテンションを取れるか。
ほとんどの生徒は英語に全く興味が無いか、嫌いだっ生徒もたくさんいた。生徒の親に聞いた事もあるが、親の価値観がすでに、この街で生きていくのに英語は必要無いという考え方だった。
1番初めの授業は、皆僕が誰かについて興味があったからアテンションは勝手に取れたけど、皆僕に慣れるとさっぱり英語に興味無し。
結論、2ヶ月間の授業、80%以上僕はスペイン語を使った。初めの方なんて、全くスペイン語は喋れないし理解できなかった。でもたった1、2週間任されてるだけのビジターではなく、2ヶ月間授業を責任持って遂行しなくてはいかなかったから、とにかく必死に片言なりもスペイン語を話した。最初の方は低学年の生徒たちは僕の片言スペイン語に笑ってたけど、後半は皆僕が何が言いたいかを理解しようとしてくれたから、生徒たちにもかなり助けられて何とか2ヶ月間授業遂行できたと思う。
クラスの感想としては、4年生、5年生、6年生にはかなり手を焼いた。エネルギーが有り余ってる年頃だから中々じっとしてる事ができなくてね。
上の学年の9学年、11学年は日本で言えば高校生に当たる年頃だから、ダラダラはするけど、常に僕に敬意を持って接してくれてるのがわかっていたからクラスを持っていて1番やりやすく楽しかった。
1番辛かった事は、僕を雇った英語教師、ホストファザーでもあった男は基本的に何も助けてくれなく、コミュニケーションもほぼ無かったし、初日からトピックだけ与えられて、じゃあ頼むね、って感じで大分扱いが雑だったのには時々困らせられた。
後自分について言えば、やはりスペイン語スキルの低さ。いくら英語の授業とはいっても20、30人いるクラスをリードしなきゃいけないわけだからどうしてもそこの土地の母国語をフルエントに話せる事は必要だと強く思った。もしスペイン語がもっと話せたらもっと子供達をポジティブな方向に持って行けたし、もっと色々な事を教えてあげられただろうなと、その点については少し心残りがある。
こんな誰だかわからない、スペイン語もほとんどわからないアジア人にクラスを任せてくれた校長の度胸にも関心だが、先生たちは皆とても良い人たちで、彼らのサポートの上で2ヶ月間見知らぬ土地でクラスを持って過ごす事ができた。
コロンビアでの2ヶ月間で得た事、感じた事、考えさせられた事は、これからの僕の人生でとても貴重な経験となった。

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I feel fast that already 1month has passed since I came to Colombia.

My life here is to teaching English both at the local private school and the public school from Monday to Friday. Host mother works at public school, host father is at private school.

The main reason that I am here is I’m in charge to take care of the classes for two days  Tuesday and Wednesday by myself while he’s away to study. 10 years old, 11 years old, 12 years old, 14 years old, 15 years old class.

I’ve written in the former post, Columbia’s compulsory education is up to 15 years old, the 15-year-old is the oldest. As my sense, these students who are 15-year-old here seem to be 18 years old in Japan.

I stay at the private school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. But other days are half for private school and half for public school.

I am mainly an assistant teacher in the classes of host mother. Recently it’s the exam period, so I’m helping to supervise the exam. Also a play event are coming up next months, so students are practicing play for the event. In those class, I teach pronunciation to students.

My host family has had 2 workers like me before. But both of them never taught at the public school. So I am the first one who teach at there.

I have the classes at the private school every week, some classes for 4 hours a week. Some of students don’t feel freshness, excitement, because I am not new anymore since they met 2 different foreigners. Students know I am just an assistant teacher, main teacher is away, I don’t understand Spanish well. So they don’t regard me that I am a teacher. Moreover most of them want to skip study English every my class and they ask me to play games, play soccer, basketball instead of study. So I am desperate to handle the classes every time.

On the other hand, at the public school, there is times 3 or 4 students compare with the private school, and they never had foreign teachers. So everyone seems to feel very freshness and curiosity at me. I can feel all students respect me and having limited time with me very importantly. Each class just can have one hour of my class each week. Those respects and good attitude make me feel very rewarding.

It’s sad that those who are given chances become more lazy than those who are not given.

早いものでコロンビアに来てから1ヶ月が経った。
こっちでの生活は、月曜日から金曜日まで現地の私立学校と、公立学校の両方で英語を教えている。ホストマザーが働いているのが公立学校で、ホストファザーが私立学校。
メインは、火曜と水曜日にホストファザーが不在のために、彼に変わって1人で2日間クラスを担当。10歳、11歳、12歳、14歳、15歳のクラス。
以前のポストで書いたけれど、コロンビアの義務教育は15歳までだから、15歳クラスは最年長。感覚としては、こっちの15歳は、日本で言えば18歳みたいな感じ。
火曜と水曜日はずっと私立の学校だけど、他の曜日は半分半分ぐらいで私立と公立を行ったり来たり。
公立のホストマザーのクラスは授業内容が毎回しっかりしていて、僕は主にアシスタントティーチャー。最近はテスト期間で、テスト監督の手伝いをしたり、来月にある発表会の為に生徒たちが劇の練習をしたりしているから、生徒たちの英語の発音を直したりしている。
僕の前に2人ほど、他に僕みたいなスタッフを雇っていたらしく、でもその2人は私立の学校でしか教えていなかったとの事。それに僕自身が固定でクラスを持ってるのもあって、来て2週目ぐらいから私立の生徒は僕に慣れて新鮮味はない感じ。逆に生徒たちは僕がスペイン語をあまり理解できなのと、単なるアシスタントの先生だと知ってるから、なめてかかってくる生徒も多くて毎回クラスをまとめるのが大変。
それに比べ、公立の学校の方が3、4倍生徒も多く、今まで外国人の先生がクラスにやってくる事はなかったから、みんな僕のクラスにとても新鮮味を感じてすごくリスペクトしてくれている。公立の方は、1クラス、1週間に1時間しか僕は行かないから、皆僕のクラスの時間を大切にしてくれていて、そうやって皆んな限られた時間で、僕から何かを得ようとしてくれると僕の来ている意味があるし、とてもやりがいがある。
チャンスを与えられる者の方が、与えられない者よりも怠け、チャンスを棒に振るなんて悲しいよね。