Teaching English with My Heart

I’ve taught English since 2005. I’ve done it in Paris and Quebec City. I’ve taught big groups, small groups, privates, adults, teens and kids. I’ve loved every kind of format. They all have something different to them. Something sweet and uplifting. Something to make it new every single time.

I teach with my heart. I am who I am, in class and outside. I am known to dress up in a certain, somewhat fashion-forward yet funky way, to tell funny, at times surprising jokes or to get up and demonstrate a move. I can be very deep or relaxedly humoristic in my conversation classes. With kids, I love to break out a dance or just get off of our seats and get moving. I can often sense the specific need that there is for that particular lesson. Call it intuition if you will!

My teaching is about focusing on you, my student, but nevertheless, I bring my whole being into it. I take inspiration and wisdom from my rational and tangible university education as well as my emotional life experience. These all weave into a package that often touches deeper than just a mere grammar or vocabulary lesson. We spend moments together that leave us upliftef even after the lesson is long gone and done.

I’m glad I chose this job. I feel like when I’m teaching, I am doing what I know the best. It feels good and right. It feels fulfilling. I have a passion for English and connecting with others, and I get to spread that sweet scent day after day.

Need to Chill

As the lesson year is drawing closer to its end, I’m reflecting on the importance of taking it easy. We labor hard all thru September to June. We get up early, brave the chilling winter temperatures, work for our buck (or Starbucks, ha ha) – giving our hearts and energy to our employer. We’re good people who want the best for our loved ones. So, we also deserve a break. We deserve to get up in the morning and have nothing of obligation to do. For once. For a brief moment.

As July ushers in, I challenge you to make time just for you. Celebrating the year gone by. All those moments when the going got tough, but you pulled it thru. You were tougher than you thought you could ever be. You made magic happen in your own, unique way. Pamper yourself with things, people and places you like. Smell the flowers. Sit under the tree. Most of all, grant yourself the permission to chill.

Yoga and Teaching

I’ve been thinking recently about the parallels between yoga and learning English. Both actions need patience and willpower. Both teach you things you never thought you’d be learning. Yoga seems to be a disciple hoisting you closer to a lean and stretchy body, yet you soon find yourself digging deeper into self love and acceptance. Studying English appears to turn around memorizing grammar and words, and nevertheless you’ll also be discovering your strength in unexpected situations.

When I first tried yoga more than ten years ago, I wasn’t a big fan. It took time to find the type of yoga that appeals to me.  I like power yoga because I like to challenge my body and mind. Learning English is the same – it may take a moment or two to find what makes you tick. Inspiring coaches are life’s salt. I definitely strive to be one for my students – on the yoga mat and in the classroom. Namaste!

Sparkle Time

Today I want to talk about finding your sparkle thru learning. I make my living with teaching English. Yet I really think that I do so much more than just teach the grammar and vocabulary of the language of Shakespeare. As we continue to meet with my clients, week after week, we end up creating a link. We share our thoughts and opinions. We open up questions that need answers and we find the lost or hiding sparkle.

When you decide to learn something new, you decide to open your mind and heart to new ideas and opportunities. You take a brave step into something unknown. Sometimes the stakes aren’t that high. If you don’t like it, you can move onto other adventures. Other times you invest a lot of time, energy and money, and you definitely want your investment’s worth. I see clients who start to open up as you encounters progress. They grow more confident in their English, express themselves better and suggest ways for us to progress together. Amazingly, changes can also be seen in other areas of my clients’ life. Self-confidence comes from repeated experiences of being succesful. Sparkle invites more sparkle.

If you succeed in learning English, why couldn’t you take on other challenging things as well?