In my view, a good teacher is one who looks for a student’s strengths. I want to be a teacher who helps my students farther into their personal self development and professional life. I understand that every student is not interested in learning a second language. Learning a subject is a big mix of a student’s motivation, skills, previous successes and failures. As an educator, the only thing a student needs is to want to learn the subject being taught. A good teacher will focus on their strengths and not dwell on whether or not their grammar is perfect. If a student learns vocabulary quicker by playing games, so be it. Another student may learn better by writing poems. Another student may learn better by dissecting each and every vocabulary word and grammar structure. If a student wants to learn the subject and the teacher is flexible to adapt to how a student learns, both will be very successful.
Learning a language is perhaps the best way for people to expand their minds and their worldviews. My job is to connect my students with a new world which language and culture provides. A person cannot learn a culture without first having an understand of the language. For example, in Korean (a language that I’ve learned), higher forms of language are used for older people or those with higher positions (such as a teacher or management). I spent one year in South Korea before studying the language and was unable to understand why so much emphasis was given like this. After learning the language, I realized that the entire society is built around these concepts and could never be removed without changing the language. By exposing my students to a new language and culture, I am opening their minds to new ways of thinking. I see my career as a connector of culture, and see education has the potential to bring about peace, acceptance, and understanding.