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Final Reflection

June 1st, 2011 by Anna Cibils · No Comments · Uncategorized

I learned a lot from teaching ESL with IWP. I did not have any experience teaching adults or ESL, so the thought of it was a little intimidating at first. Since I am originally from Argentina and speak Spanish fluently I felt that would definitely help me to connect with my students. My favorite part of the class was how eager the students were to learn and how they always brought a positive attitude to class. There were three women who regularly came, and it was rewarding to see them come back every week and know that they had most likely found the last class helpful.

As far as teaching style is concerned I’m a little torn as to whether my style was effective or not. Many of the classes were held in a very conversational setting, and there was generally much more Spanish spoken than I would have liked. However, I think this created an environment in which the students felt comfortable asking me about any words, phrases, or topics they would like covered. It was always difficult to try and get the students to participate when I asked them to use conversation topics I’d taught them to carry on conversations among each other. They seemed much more comfortable with the lecture style.

Overall, I’m very glad I got the opportunity to teach ESL. I learned a lot from my students about their experiences and perspectives on this country. I hope that from my lessons they were able to take something that will help them feel more empowered in their everyday lives.


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