I became an italki professional teacher in April this year. I like this new profession. After a month, the class brings me a lot of happiness and a sense of accomplishment.
On my teacher journey in italki, my first student was a Swiss student who worked in Hong Kong for five years and now returns to his own country. Because in Switzerland, he rarely has the opportunity to speak Cantonese, so he has been practicing Cantonese in italki classes.
This is my first time teaching foreigners on the platform. In fact, I was very nervous before the class. The day before the class, I first emailed the students to ask them what they wanted to learn. But this student is more inclined to conversation practice. Knowing the student's learning focus, I have the key direction of teaching. In the class, the atmosphere is very relaxed and happy. This student's language skills are very solid, and Mandarin and Cantonese are excellent. In the classroom, communication is the main focus. I will let students become the protagonists of the classroom, let them have enough time to express their ideas, and exercise their language communication skills. I will also actively identify the resonance points with my students. For example, the native language of this Swiss student is Swiss German. I will also share my interesting facts about learning German, so that he will be more motivated to learn Cantonese and experience the charm of Chinese language. According to the actual situation, they will ask different questions for students to answer. When they encounter mistakes, I will correct them in time and give the correct spelling.
My teaching method is synonymous replacement. For example, when I learn the phrase "daytime", I will give examples of "early morning" and "morning" synonymous phrases for students to learn; sometimes, in order to let students master more difficult sentences , I will also do phrase substitution, such as the sentence "The weather is very good today, so I will go to the zoo with my family". I will let the students master the fixed sentence frame and replace different phrases, such as "It is raining today" I’m going to work in the company with my colleagues.” The purpose of word substitution is to make students familiar with the sentence pattern and make an inference. The greatest sense of accomplishment in teaching is to see the progress of students. For example, the beginners can speak simple sentences gradually and the intermediate students can express deeper opinions and ideas. I am very pleased with these advancements.
As a new teacher, although the teaching time is not long, I believe that I have enough professional knowledge reserves, the important thing is that I have a full of enthusiasm and humor, to encourage and infect my students to feel the joy of learning. I hope that students will not only learn well in class, but also enjoy the charm of language and make progress in happiness.
From Alice （fāng lǎo shī）（https://www.italki.com/teacher/5769052）