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  • 1.  Introduction

    Posted 12 days ago
    Edited by Leila Serikova 7 days ago
    Hello everyone! Let me introduce myself.
    I am Leila Serikova, an English teacher and teacher-trainer from Kyrgyzstan. My teaching experience is about 18 years. I used to teach English preschoolers and elementary school students in a private language school. I have been teacing teens and adults since 2008 in the language course centre. Now I also give classes to students in a private university.
    My teaching experience is mostly 'face-to-face' but these days majority of teachers are teaching online and this is something new and exciting for me. I am looking forward to getting more knowledge about teaching online and in improving my online classes to get confident and help my students. I believe that this online course will help me to be more reflective to my students and be able to brush up my teaching skills step by step, in a logical way with some opportunity to reflect on my online teaching experience. I also expect to learn more from other teachers who are probably experiencing the same feelings and facing the same challenges as I am.
    So far, I have participated in some webinars and online training sessions. The knowledge I have received is useful for teaching my online classes but my online teaching experience is only 4 months and I feel like I need more knowledge to improve my teaching skills.
    I would like to share with my practice of using two currently learnt online resources:
    - ('L'): I have started using interactive liveworksheets that gives me an opportunity to use ready-made worksheets or create my own ones. I like this online resource because I do not need to spend a lot of time checking students answers and what is more my students can correct their answers themselves and revise their knowledge and improve their language proficiency.
    - ('S'): in my speaking classes I use videos and music from 'Exciting English' resource. My students enjoy them a lot because it is an interesting, easy and useful way to learn English in the context.

    I wish everyone to get positive and very useful experience from the course. )))
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    Leila Serikova
    International University in Central Asia (IUCA), Tokmok
    Kyrgyzstan
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  • 2.  RE: Introduction

    Posted 11 days ago
    Hi Leila,
    It's great to meet you! Welcome to MyTESOL!
    My name is Chelsea and I teach at the college level in Colorado, USA. I teach mostly international students writing courses and also teach language education courses to preservice K-12 teachers in our Education Department. What made you switch from teaching children to teaching at the university and adults?

    Best,


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    Chelsea Walter
    Colorado College
    United States
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  • 3.  RE: Introduction

    Posted 11 days ago
    Hi Chelsea,
    thank you for responding my message and being a part of my TESOL. It's nice to meet you!
    So, you are teaching kids and teens. I'm sure we have a lot to talk about.
    As for your question: I experimented teaching different ages of students to be aware of peculiarities and differences of each of student category.

    I used to teach English 5-6 year old children in one preschool private sentre. I remember that my kids were so hard-working, open to follow me and my instructions from my very first lesson. But I liked teaching them: we sang songs in ENGLISH, did some handcraft work and learned new words and phrases in English. I had about 10 children in one group and the lesson length was 40 minutes. My lessons included a lot of creative activities: interactive games, drawing,  presentations with puppets, checking homework in pairs and groups, presentation in front of the class, or just doing some exercises with music on.
    As for my classes with teens in a private language course - they were different: they were ready to follow a techer only if they are interested. It took me some period of time to earn their trust and respect but they hooked me up from the very beginning - I was interested in them more, in their opinions, plans, mistakes. And I think they were suiprised that a teacher asks for their opinion but do not tell them immediately what to do. This was my secret technique that helped me to become their friends and after this it was easy to teach them - they were ready to work, to create and to study. The reason why children at school have different attitude to studying being not so motivated is because there are 35-40 students in one class in state schools and it's really chalenging for state school teachers teach every pupil using individual approach in 40-minute lesson. In private courses we usually have 12-15 students and class length is 1 hour 40 minutes. So, we really have a good opportunuty to help all children in our language courses and see their achievements in some period of time.
    My adult students are also serious -  there are usually no discipline problems with them - they have motivation to study and they are ready to be taught and really appreciate when they are supported and guided to discover their potential.
    Now I'm teaching at university because it  is a place where I use my work experience teaching Pedagogy department students how to teach kids and school learners and teaching my students of other departments General English.

    So, now university students are my audience to work with.

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    Leila Serikova
    International University in Central Asia (IUCA), Tokmok
    Kyrgyzstan
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