Hello to my readers:
As we are heading to finish the course and we have started our Module 3 I would like to do a reflection on how I felt as a student and some of the most important moments I had.
- As a student in my ESL class in California, USA. Most of the time I try NOT to remember the day I got to California and was placed on an ESL class with most of my other classes with interpreters who speak Spanish. I have to be sincere and say that it was one of the worst moments of my life. Why? Well, as a 13 year old teenager that had been forced to leave school and the friends I grew up with was even more difficult to overcome the situation.
I remember getting to school and been placed in Mr. Gomez class (ESL LEVEL 2). I had been told to go to the 300 building, to be specific to the classroom 303 because I was going to take a placement test. So I came to the classroom when they were using the overhead projector so I WONT EVER FORGET FEELING THE LOOKS OF 22 PEOPLE WHILE I WAS STANDING AT THE DOOR and at the same time been asked my name and almost all my information in ENGLISH!! So there I was, OBVIOUSLY NOT WANTING TO BE THERE!
*The most memorable moments at that time were totally negative. I had to adapt to the different way of teaching of my teachers, but mostly I had to adapt to the language because it was a total necessity of communication. Not only at the classroom I felt alone and desperate, it also happened at the cafeteria, in P.E, in my every day routine inside and outside the school. I believe the worst thing that can happened to you is to feel that you are underestimated when you don’t know the language you need, and that is how I feel with this teacher Mr. Gomez; like I would never achieve any English.
*But like in some cases, there was this amazing teacher Mrs. Hoffman from who I have the greatest positive moments during my learning process. As soon as I reached ESL LEVEL 3 I started raising my English level so fast that I learned the importance of having a teacher with enthusiasm, caring person, and always with something motivating to tell you. It was my enthusiastic and caring teacher who gave me what I needed the most at that time: TRUST! That is why she is and will always be my TEACHER MODEL of the skills and courage to have as an English Teacher. She had the ability to make us comfortable with what we knew at the moment and to make us think bigger. She always tried to help us to reach our goal by giving us the right teaching and the perfect feedback every time we needed it. This is why I will give the same strength, abilities and motivation necessary for my student to accomplish anything they want to achieve because I don’t want my students to feel the same way I felt when I was 13.
I WOULD DEFINETLY GO BACK TO CLASSES WITH MRS. HOFFMAN BUT I WILL NEVER GO BACK WITH MR. GOMEZ TO ANY OF HIS CLASSES!!!