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Reflective writing

Learn how to write a reflective text about a learning experience.

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In January I spent three weeks volunteering as an English teacher in my town. I've been thinking about becoming an English teacher for a while so it was a good opportunity to see what it's like. The students had all just arrived to start a new life in the UK and they had a range of levels from beginner to intermediate. They came from a variety of countries and had very different backgrounds and experiences.

For me, the most important thing was the relationship with the students. I was nervous at first and did not feel confident about speaking in front of people. However, I found it easy to build good relationships with the students as a class and as individuals and I soon relaxed with them. It was a challenge to encourage the lower-level students to speak in English, but at least they understood a lot more at the end of the course.

At first, planning lessons took a really long time and I was not happy with the results. Classes seemed to be too difficult for some students and too easy for others, who finished quickly and got bored. I found it was better to teach without a course book, adapting materials I found online to suit their needs. I learned to take extra activities for students who finished early and that was much better.

I still need to continue improving my lesson planning. I would like more ideas for teaching mixed-ability groups and I want to plan the whole course better next time. That way students have a focus for each lesson and a sense of progress and of what they've covered. I'm also going to put more confident students with beginners when they work in pairs so conversation activities give everyone more chance to speak and students can help each other.

Overall, it was a really positive experience and I learned a lot. I've decided that I would like to become an English teacher in the future.

Tips

  1. Reflective writing is more personal than other types of academic writing. You can use the first person (I ... , My ... , etc.) and explain how you felt.
  2. Think about the experience in detail. Explain what went well and what was challenging, and say what you learned in the process.
  3. Use a structure:
    • Short introduction to the situation
    • Evaluate the most important things about the experience, including solutions to problems
    • Say what you would do differently next time
    • Say what you learned overall.
  4. Keep the focus on your learning process and what you will do better in future.

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My last challenging learning experience happened to me six years ago, when I had the opportunity to enroll in a specialisation course, that is in a Master's degree in "Public Management for a local development". It lasted one year and it occurred on line partially. Moreover this course took place in two towns; therefore my colleagues and I were supposed to move from our city to another city, on alternate months. It was an advantageous experience anyway.

A lived in Canada

Three years ago, I went to Canada to improve my English and French conversation. For two weeks, I was in the school to get better in both idioms. It was perfect, because I met people of different nationalities and day by day I could to learn words in other languages. At the first time, I felt lost. I older than most people. However, it didn’t to stop me to make new friends.
When the class started, I thought: “I don’t get it”. I very shy and introspective person. But the school is prepared to everything and the teacher understood quickly. It was so easy that I didn’t realize the time passed. The whole room had the whiteboard and a TV to watch various videos and practice pronunciation.
On the other hand, the house that I lived it was pretty good. I slept in the library, thus I could read a lot in this period. It was comfortable and couple was happy and grateful. They had an old cat, Baby. It was 16 years old and liked to affection. The woman was responsible to make a breakfast and dinner every day. It was marvelous. She cooked very well.
During this period, I studied English in the morning and French in the afternoon from Monday to Thursday. But the life wasn’t just studying. I took the opportunity to know some cities and sight of Canada. For instance: Ottawa, Quebec, and Niagara falls and other places. I continues to run two days a week to intend for met around my house. I took bus and subway with friends.
It was a fantastic life experience and I want to repeat someday. I recommend all of us to do this one day in our life. Its change everything.

the last challenging is grammar observance and correct vocabulary in English writing.

forgetting the words during writing.

Fantastic practices. I have learned many new technics of writing and expressing my ideas.
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I was challenged to learn maths and french primary school level. I'm 30yo, and I didn't this, it was a real challenge to not be bored everytime...

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