One day I had a very interesting lesson with a nice student of mine. We were talking about different types of eye defects back then. It was quite an ,,eye opening “ lesson for me, since I guess I should take more care of my eyes. I just wanted to find out what eye disorder I had, and I he told me that. Because he happens to be an eye doctor.
To my surprise and deep joy he started talking about the eye structure using all the technical language necessary to get his message across. I got the impression of being a student at a university listening to my favorite professor.
This was a crucial moment, let`s say a real turning point in my career as a tutor of foreign languages. Because in this vey lesson I saw how passionate students can be if they start telling about things they truly like or are involved in.
It’s not a big thing of course to notice it. However I have to admit, that I sometimes forget about this simple truth in my lessons and maybe this is the reason why students are sometimes not wiling to speak too much and make just short and simple statements instead.
So I think I should be more imaginative in actually finding out real interests of my students. Those who know me know that I sometimes talk too much during classes stealing my students’ time actually in a sense. So it sems there is a space for change.
And what is your view on that? Could you write a couple of words on that? Looking forward to it.
New words & phrases:
how about - a co powiesz na
a student of mine - mój student, inaczej można powiedzieć - one of my students
eye defects - wady oczu (łatwo zapamiętasz, przecież wada to defekt)
back then - wtedy
,,eye opening “ lesson - lekcja otwierająca oczy
since - tutaj to słowo znaczy ponieważ (czyli to samo co because)
find out - dowiedzieć się
eye disorder - zaburzenia oka
he happens to be - tak się składa, że jest
To my surprise - ku mojemu zdziwieniu
eye structure - budowa oka
necessary - konieczne
to get his message across - przekazać swoją informację
I got the impression - odniosłem wrażenie
crucial moment - kluczowy moment
let`s say - powiedzmy
turning point - moment zwrotny
things they are involved in - sprawy w które są zaangażowani
notice - zauważyć
However I have to admit - jednak muszę przyznać
students are not wiling to speak - uczniowie nie chcą mówić
simple statements - proste wypowiedzi
instead - zamiast tego
imaginative - kreatywny, inaczej creative
in a sense - w pewnym sensie
Looking forward to it - czekam na to z niecierpliwością