A&J – Knowing Teacher Symkaye

First of all, Tell me a bit about yourself.

First of all, my name’s Symkaye. I’m 20 years old, still a student at a university, and at the same time, a part-time teacher in this academy.

When and how did you decide to become a teacher?

I already wanted to become a teacher back when I was 9 years old? I remember, when I was in grade 3 I used to play with my siblings a game where I acted as a teacher and my siblings as pupils. Until one day, I decided I’d get an education course rather than Architecture. First of all, I find teaching enjoyable. Second, it’s exciting! You get to know yourself and your student.

Tell us your experience working with foreign students.

My experience in working with foreign students is a really tough work. You’ll do a lot of adjustments and effort. There are times you’ll lack ideas because of the different activities I need to make. Moreover, this kind of adjustment and efforts is making me a better person, making my character bold and just. Teaching and working with foreigner students would really challenge you to be thankful despite all the troubleshooting.

How do you make learning and studying fun for students?

I make learning and studying fun for students through exciting activities. However, sometimes I ran out of ideas. So, what I do is to discuss. When I discuss, I don’t torture my students with a monotonous voice. I use appreciative acknowledgments to their answers and let them also do the talking every once in a while.

T. Symkaye I

How can you help students that are not doing good speaking?

I help students that are not doing good in speaking at first, discussing the basics of fluency. When they understood the usage of these. I’d ask them to make their own sentence. Second, if the student is still not able to perform the discussed lesson, I’d teach a different technique for making diagrams (differentiated diagrams) for (different) answers. Usually, this kind of techniques effective to my students. So, after a while, they are getting used to the said technique and answers me straight. After being trained in diagram making, they do not use it anymore, they just answer right away and ask for more/techniques. After that, I would go to their gestures. I’d teach them with correct gestures when talking, or I’ll use the evaluation to let them know.

Besides speaking, what modes of teaching do you use?

Aside from speaking, the other modes of teaching that I use are listening to and watching clips, movies, and the like. I use these for the student to enhance the micro skills they need or English proficiency.

What is the most difficult aspect of teaching English?

I think everything about teaching in English is difficult, especially that we’re not a native speaker. It makes me think teaching is enjoyable and pleasurable. As long as you see your student. Learn, you get to love teaching.

What was the most challenging student you’ve taught? No names, please!

The most challenging student that I have taught is the student who is not willing to make an effort in learning. The student who take things easily, easy in a way that the student wouldn’t mind the essence of learning.

T. Symkaye II

What can you offer our school that another teacher cannot?

I believe that every teacher has their own unique of teaching, this imperfect kind of teaching makes us all unique and lovable. I can say that UI can offer uniqueness of my ability to teach.

Lastly, what do you think about Student-Teacher relationships?

I think Student-Teacher relationship is when you build the mutual trust and respect with each other. When the teacher would care for his/her student and loves his/her student. When a teacher makes learning enjoyable for his/her student. When a student adjusts to the environment he/she lives/ When both accepted the reality of their field.

T. Symkaye III

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