World Teachers’ Day: Meet Our Passionate Language Tutors
Ever since 1994, the UNESCO decided on October 5 to celebrate World Teachers’ Day and give educators the recognition they deserve. This year, tutors worldwide are working under impossible circumstances given the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of our passionate tutors at Language Trainers, for instance, had to switch from face-to-face to online or hybrid courses.
Luckily, all their efforts are very valued and respected by our students, who have nothing but good things to say about them. Meet our incredible language instructors through the eyes of our learners and understand why they appreciate them so much!
At Language Trainers, we strive to provide our clients with completely customised experiences. Our Academic Department and our dedicated teachers always design tailor-made curriculums that adapt to the learners’ needs and objectives, and this is deeply appreciated.
For example, Kelsey, one of our Italian students in Kalpa, claims ”Our Italian tutor, Letizia, has been so great! We have really enjoyed our classes. Letizia does a fantastic job of keeping up with our individual paces and personalising the lessons. She will stop and go over materials when we need it!”
The Importance of Culture
In addition to teaching formal aspects of a language, such as grammar or pronunciation rules, our tutors also teach colloquial expressions, slang and, most importantly, culture. Without learning about culture, a lot of references and cues in communication would be lost.
Shawney, who took a German course with us, stresses the importance of developing skills integrally while learning more about the target culture: ”I have only positive things to say about my instructor and lessons! Brad is professional, knowledgeable of the German language & culture, personable, responsible, kind, and patient! He really helped me to improve speaking, reading, and writing in German, as well as to learn more verb tenses, vocabulary, and to become comfortable conversing about everyday life in the German language.”
Understanding What the Student Needs
When designing a course, it’s crucial to understand what the client needs and what skills they already have. While some people may find it hard to speak in a foreign language, others will have problems with writing instead. So, our teachers carry out needs assessment before starting with the course.
As Roxana states, ”I consider the English course very beneficial and useful for expanding my vocabulary, as well as practising the areas that I am not strong at. The one-on-one study was very effective for me, better than studying online or in a class. Rani diagnosed my weaknesses in English and focused on them when teaching me. She always makes sure to concentrate each class on a specific need, like prepositions or listening. Apart from being a very good teacher, Rani is also a great human being!”
Slow but Steady Progress
Learning a language is a long term investment. Depending on a number of factors (mother tongue, familiarity with other languages, age, background), it can take a few or many years to be fluent in a certain language. So, it’s essential for students to partner with a good teacher who can keep them motivated and eager to always learn and improve.
Such is the case of Nick, who is taking a Russian course with us and says ”Irina is very professional and encouraging, and I feel that I am getting excellent value for money. My schedule has limited my lessons to once a week and the time that I can devote to studying is not as much as I would like. However, I am progressing slowly and I am getting more comfortable with the language.”
If these testimonials have persuaded you to start studying the language you always wanted to learn, reach out to us at Language Trainers. We will help you connect with the most experienced teacher for your needs and preferences.