1. Why did you choose to work at CIP?
– I have always seen myself as someone who is inclined with building relationships with different types of people – may it be local or international. That is also why I am very fascinated with learning languages myself. Apart from learning, I also have this interest in imparting knowledge. With those, learning about an institution such as CIP triggered my interest to take this job. CIP showed me different cultures and how they unite in one language and that is English.
2. What do you do to improve your students’ English skill?
– Students who study abroad often feel quite unaccustomed to the place they stay in and that is a great barrier in learning. To revive their motivation to improve with the language, I build a certain friendship with them. Why should that be? Because, once a student feels comfortable with the teacher, it would be much easier for them to open up about their concerns in their studies. Aside from that, with the strong rapport, the improvement will not just stay within the four walls of the classroom but also the communication will retain until they go back to their countries or work abroad.
3. What subject do you like teaching the most? Why?
– I know my answer will be quite cliché but I really love speaking. It is not because it is the easiest subject to teach but the amount of information shared and obtained between me and the student. In speaking, there are various things to talk about. At times it seemed like a scripted Q and A. However, as time goes by, unnoticeably, the student learns and at the same time I learn things from the student too – like their culture.
4. What do you do to improve or maintain your good English skill?
– Since I love singing and acting so much, I fuse English with them. I do that by watching movies, most especially Disney musicals. If I have watched a Disney movie a bunch of times, it is for certain that I have somehow memorized the lines. So everytime I watch the movie again, I copy the character’s expressions by following them with their lines. People find it funny when I do that, but I tell you, it is very effective.
5. What advice could you give to students to improve their English skill fast?
– All I can say is NEVER HESITATE AND LOOK FORWARD. No one has perfect English for we are all a work in progress in this field. Using the language despite the errors and mistakes you make is a stepping stone to becoming better. And as you go through the stage of learning, never forget your goals. Make them as big as possible to increase your motivation to become the best using English.