I think that the conditions in which I took this course helped me internalize and see different aspects of language teaching as they occur in real life. Right now I am in japan
studying abroad and taking japan
ese classes. Even though the language being learned is different, many teaching methods overlap. I can appreciate why my teacher has us pair up and do activities or about the difficulties that my teachers face when teaching our class. Most pertinent was the lesson about authentic material
usage. I noticed that in our listening class, our teacher would provide us with authentic material and it was motivating and exciting to find that I can understand authentic material. However in other classes with less authentic material, such as reading and grammar, our class was not as fun or exciting and I could tell in my classmates faces that they felt the same way. Learning a second language and taking this course simultaneously has allowed me to appreciate the difficulties of teaching a second language.
In addition to learning a language, I also work
part time as an english teacher. So I have also gotten to try out various facets of what I have learned though this class. One of my students is actually an english professor at a japanese
University. He wanted to know about effective teaching methods for japanese students. While I don't know what methods are effective for japanese students in particular, I did tell him about the ESA structures and told him about different social factors that he could try to account for when he is teaching his class. I also teach younger students ranging from true beginner level to intermediate. It can be a challenge sometimes but I try to keep it fun, relaxing, and enjoyable for students and provide a wide range of activities for them to do. Teaching in english in Japan while I took this course gave me the opportunity to put the teachings into practice. I planned out lessons and activities that reflected what I learned from this course.
With the combined experience of being both a teacher and a student in language learning and I understand the feelings, thoughts, difficulties, and perspectives of both sides, which will only help me in the future as I further my career and experiences in language learning and teaching.