What my students teach me everyday
Laura Dillon explains what she enjoys most about teaching the English language programs at Kings Boston.
I am a different person because I teach ESL. Many people ask me “how do you teach a second language without being able to speak the native language?”. They assume it requires a vast amount of patience and skill, and they aren't wrong. My job requires a great deal of patience. What they don't know, however, is how fun it is. For a minimum of three hours a day, I have the opportunity to surround myself with a melting pot of different cultures; and everyday I learn something new.
As a teacher, I try to look for and understand the differences in my students — students from Asia have a strong grammar background while students from South America tend to be more proficient with speaking. Each of my students have their own story, and are able to adapt to Boston, and life in the US, at their own speeds. However, where I get the most joy is in the similarities. When all of my students laugh at the same joke, or feel empathy at the same time, I learn more about humanity. I see, everyday, a world full of different people all trying to achieve the same goals — love, connection, success; and everyday they teach me. It is because of my students that I get to see the world from a variety of different perspectives, and I wouldn't trade that for anything.