Hello, my name is Robert and it has been my pleasure to work at David’s English Center for the last ten years. I got a lot of questions from new students. They usually ask me two things. They ask what can they do to improve their English and also what can I do as a teacher or what can we do as a school to help them improve.
AS A STUDENT
“TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY”
I’ll look at the first question first. The first thing I will tell new students is to take advantage of every opportunity in your life to use English. Not just at school, but at work or with your friends; any time with listening, writing, reading. Any chance you have opportunities to be in an English environment, you definitely want to take it.
And the second thing I would mention is after we graduated from school, university, everybody forgets to review. I think review is very important. Think of all the vocabulary, all the grammar you have worked on in your life. If you take few minutes every day to review a lesson from last year, last week, or yesterday, it’s really, very helpful.
“WORK ON LISTENING”
Another thing you could keep in your mind is that listening is something that you could practice on your own. You can come to class when you have time but listening through iPod, internet, and your favorite DVDs, is something you can always practice on your own. And if you ever need any advice for a good website, come in to talk to your teachers, they will be happy to let you know.
“SPEAK UP, ASK QUESTIONS”
The most important thing I could say, though, is if you do take the class, speak up, ask questions. You need to be engaged in the class, because if you just sit back and wait to learn English and wait for somebody to bring it to you, it is going to take you a lot longer. So before class, during class, after class, talk to your teacher every chance you get and your classmates also.
AS A TEACHER AND AS A SCHOOL
“PROVIDE GREAT MATERIALS”
What we can do as teachers and as a school, the first thing we try to do is provide excellent materials. We want to make sure we have genuine materials whether you are taking business class, conversation, or a test preparation class, to provide you with the very best materials we can.
“DESIGN LESSONS FOR EVERYONE”
The second thing we do is that we strive to create interesting lessons and that will appeal and keep every different type of student engaged in the class.
“PAY ATTENTION TO INDIVIDUAL NEEDS”
The third thing we do is we try to pay attention to your individual needs. We know every student has a different level and a different background, so during the class, the teacher pays very sharp attention to each student needs to make sure all of your needs will be met.
“PROVIDE AN ENGLISH ENVIRONMENT”
The last thing we do is really try to create an English environment. We have very friendly and caring staff and teachers. Any time you are here, even when you are not in the class, everybody is willing to talk to you in English and help you improve. After class, stay around and ask your teacher a few questions. The whole time you are here, you should be improving your English. It is kind of increasing your English experiences.
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