Hi everyone, this is my first entry to my blog about teaching and learning a foreign language. First of all I would like to present myself before I start sharing my experience and opinions on the subject.
My name is Inga and I am a 26 years old teacher of English.
My home country is Latvia (one of the three Baltic States up there in the North). I come from the capital city, Riga. It’s a spectacular place to live and yes, it’s quite cold up there.
However, because of my open and enquiring mind I ended up living in Madrid, Spain, for the last 3 years. The amazing opportunities that the European Union has to offer to university students are truly inestimable. That’s why after graduating the University of Latvia I decided to start my Master’s degree and apply for an assistantship program (ec.europa.eu/education/comenius/assistantships_en.htm) Two things at a time was a scary but at the same time a very challenging decision. In the end they chose me for the assistantship in Spain as well as I was allowed to do my Master’s via distance learning. It was tough but absolutely worth it. I will share my experience in one of the public schools of Spain later on. It all happened back in 2010. After the assistantship program had come to an end I decided to move to Spain and work here as a teacher. A decision I’ve never regretted.
As for my education I can’t impress you by me being a teacher in the fifth or whatever generation….not at all. In fact I’m the first person in my family who decided to teach for a living. I find this profession inspiring and extremely fulfilling, however, my passion for teaching started quite randomly as I’ve always been interested in learning languages and I must admit that thanks to my bilingual family (Russian dad and Latvian mom) I’ve discovered a great capacity of actually acquiring languages with an ease. So, I wanted to have the chance to travel, learn other languages and contribute to the society I live in. Therefore I decided to study Education and become a teacher of English. After 4 years studying in the Faculty of Pedagogy, Psychology and Art, the University of Latvia, I felt like I would like to go into more depth of the whole Education topic, share my ideas and opinion about the educational issues in my country and the European Union as a whole. For me obtaining Master’s degree in Educational Sciences was the answer. So as I already mentioned, the majority of my Thesis was done in Madrid while teaching in a multicultural public school.
Why have I decided to blog?
To be honest this is my first time blogging so I find it very exciting. The reason why I decided to blog was because I want to share the experience I have with the theoretical education that I’d had in teaching and learning foreign languages (because I’ve been on the both sides of the counter; as a foreign language student and now as a teacher). As well as share opinions with the readers about these topics and hopefully the new teachers, teachers who want to experience teaching in a foreign country, a foreign language students or those who are simply interested will find these blogs useful.
What will I be blogging about?
The topic of teaching and learning a foreign language is vast and covers all sorts of things. So I will be blogging about whatever involves teaching or learning a foreign language. Teaching ideas, experiences with different activities with different kinds of learners, tips for improving efficiency of foreign language learning etc.
How can you leave feedback?
The readers of my blog are more than welcome to leave their comments, suggestions, recommendations ideas and opinions and/or contact me via email.