In the Classroom Everyone is both a Teacher and Student

October 28, 2011 at 3:24 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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Throughout this first month of teaching I have sought advice from a variety of sources and have settled on a quote from one of my favorite musicals “The King and I.” In the musical Anna says: “It’s a very ancient saying, but a true and honest thought, that if you become a teacher, by your pupils you’ll be taught.” I’m a complete musical nerd so this definitely resonates with me. Teaching adults ESL, you enter the class thinking that you know exactly what learners know in English and then proceed to be constantly surprised. For example, the other day we were talking about adult responsibilities, such as meetings and my students started throwing out words like Unions, Strikes, Political Parties, and Knitting Clubs. It was fascinating to see the range of words they knew and made me want to push myself to cover more vocabulary and topics.

Catherine K. Ludwig
AmeriCorps Instructor
Literary Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd Falls Church VA 22042
(703) 237-0866


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