Taiwanese students tend to merge with the mainstream when it comes to expressing themselves. I always encourage my students to think differently and critically, which means that it doesn’t matter if they make any mistakes in class as long as this can help increase their self-confidence. In the conversation class, my students have to discuss a lot about specific topics and stand for themselves. And of course, each topic discussion requires full preparation before class. Learning a language has a lot to do with courage and self-confidence. Acquiring knowledge also accounts for a vast part of strengthening language skills. I ask my students to regularly spend time reading books/newspapers, watching TV series, or simply listening to radio. It’s all about creating the so-called English environment. I strongly believe in this phrase, “We can never reach perfection; at least we’ll not give up trying.” Of course this is not the goal that each of us has to go for, but the learning progress cannot continue without our long-term commitment to practice and hard work.
Teaching a language is a wonderful job--- it not only gives my students a chance to explore their potential for addressing the world in more than one tongue, but also myself a chance to hear, understand, and help many true voices that shouldn’t be muffled by their own defeated heart when facing the quick pace of globalization. Studying and preserving our mother language is crucial, and learning the English language well gives us the second propulsion system to catch up with the world. In addition, while learning English, we not only have the access to a great amount of information and knowledge, but also obtain both humility and confidence as a part of a bigger community.
Hi everybody! My name is William and right now I'm taking the intermediate conversation course at David's Shilin branch. I've been happily taking class here for six months. For me, a guy who has to work almost every day, having English class to enrich my life is a really great thing. Even though I have to hurry to class right after work and I'm tired, I still get to learn something in each class, so it's worth it. Every time before class, I think I'll be able to speak fluently, but when class starts, I stumble over my words. But that's the way language study is -- you've got to improve a little bit at a time. David's is a place where you can really challenge yourself in learning English because the teachers don't speak Chinese. I recommend David's to everybody