The Right way is Your way!
Hi there Linda and everyone!
Yes I’m still alive! So sorry for being so inactive recently but I’ve been really busy and I got kind of burnt out!
Last weekend we held an international conference at our school. Teachers came from all over the world to attend and give presentations and to share their ideas through discussions. The theme of the conference was “International Education: a Bridge to Intercultural Understanding”. It was wonderful as I was able to learn a lot about current practices and concerns of teachers around the world. Not only did I attend the conference, I also gave a presentation and I was on the core organising committee so as you can imagine, I was run off my feet! The conference began last Friday so it was really interesting to read your post on that day Linda about the education system in the Czech Republic – was this the universe talking again??? Thanks for that post Linda, it was very informative for me for example it was good to learn about Comenius, I have heard of him but I didn’t know why he was famous. As a teacher, I completely agree with the quote of his that you posted about the importance of awakening students’ interests! Being properly motivated and interested in what you are studying is the key to successful learning. Basically, if you don’t like it, don’t do it! That’s probably a good maxim for life actually! And that’s quite close to your maxim Linda “to have fun and enjoy life”. You certainly seem like someone who is full of the joys of spring. Of course, it’s good to know your limits as you do with your beer drinking – well done (good to see your doing your bit to help stop the population growth – unlike me!!;) I also didn’t realize that Skoda was from Czech Republic too. It looks like you have become the teacher! Actually that always happens, the best way to teach is by learning from your students!
Those Daruma dolls look so cool! By the way today is Republic Day in Turkey (the day after Czech Independent Day! The Turkish Republic is 85 years old (or we should say young as Turkey is still a very young country!!). We had a big ceremony to celebrate at school which was a lot of fun!
Thanks for sharing what you do to learn languages. I know exactly what you mean about taking bank notes to the shop, that was a strategy I used to use a lot here in Turkey. I too learned so much from going shopping! Authentic tasks like that are very rewarding!!! I think you made a very good point about how practicing using language helps you learn. The internet is (as we all know here in lovely blogland) a really excellent place to learn. Other than living in different countries, it’s hard to find a better place to learn actually. Here you can speak, listen, read and write…there’s boundless opportunities. Of course, perhaps the best way to learn a language is to get a boyfriend or girlfriend who only speaks that language (maybe pilsen can help you learn English then…!!) ☺ I think what probably makes you a very successful learner Linda is that you know your own learning style, you know for example that chatting with people and practicing “fits” you or “suits” you. This means that you have thought about how you learn best. Many people don’t do this. They think that there is a certain way to learn (usually from a teacher) they don’t think about how what is good for them as individual learners. Actually there is only one right way to learn something and that’s your way. My advice to others out there is to do what Linda has done and spend some time reflecting on how you best study. I also thoroughly advise that you take risks like Linda has by doing this blog and start using your language as much as possible. Just remember that your language doesn’t always have to be perfect to be understood! If you want to improve and become more accurate then listen to or read people who are better than you and notice the language they use to get the job done.
1. What words or phrases in this post collocate with the word “conference” (for an explanation of collocate see one of my previous posts)
2. Find the phrase “Not only did I …” Why did I use it?
3. What does “run off my feet” mean?
4. Why did I use the phrase “Just remember that…”?
5. Share something you do that helps you learn and say how or why you think it is good for you.
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