Teaching with a sweet cup of tea


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    She realized that she had much more than a student before her.

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By Maria. Maria is a full time English teacher in Brazil and so we were especially interested in her views of what makes a good teacher. Maria’s native language is Portuguese.

OF course, I had great teachers like everybody else when I was in elementary and high school, and in college. But it wasn’t in regular courses or schools where I found a really great teacher. It was a teacher who gave me private English lessons at her house for four years. From 1992 to 1996, every Thursday morning at 7.00 a.m. I was ringing her bell for our wonderful classes. 

      I was already a teacher at a state school then, where the quality of teaching and learning is not so good now. It was great before the 80s, but not now. I wanted more than being at such a school. I wanted to teach in language schools, so I was in need of more training in English. I was also in need of change and wanted to improve my life. Happily, I met Mrs. Cecilia A. and she patiently taught me grammar and phonetics, and gave me instructions in how to deal with students. I also liked the way she used to look at me.  

     She was very nice receiving me at her house with such delicacy—as well as a great cup of English tea every class, especially during the winter time! She encouraged me to go even farther and take a course in London, where she lived about five years. She gave me all the information I needed to go to England. 

      On June 18, 1995 I started my first course in London! It was great. After that I went three times for more courses. In all of this, her support and tenderness were vital. Most importantly, she realized that she had much more than a student before her. She had a woman who wanted a lot, who really wanted to improve her life. All the time her eyes were telling me, “Yes, I understand you. I know you want to improve both your English and yourself as a person.”  

     I am very grateful from the bottom of my heart to her. And today I teach at home like her, having a good number of students.   

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