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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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Last year I was working as a teacher in the department of Guajira, Colombia. My students were young and old ex-combatants from an illegal armed group. It was a difficult experience because I had to travel and live with my students in a place very affected by poverty and violence. Also, my students had a range of levels from beginner to intermediate, so many of them couldn't read or write.

It was easy for me to build good relationships with most of them. Because we spent all our time together, we became very good friends. We ate together, we got up together, we learned together, and we celebrated together, so in the end we went as a family.

The lessons took a really long time, but I think it wasn't boring for them, because I always had a variety of fun tasks. The lessons always started and ended with a game. Also, the confident students helped beginning students while I was busy.

For next year I hope to create new strategies, because I will have more students and this will change everything. I should be looking for more ideas for teaching in groups and I want to plan the whole course from now on.

My learning with English is regular, I keep learning, I am in an English course and I have learned new and interesting things. I need much more to learn. I would like my English to be more fluent and not be afraid of the pronunciation.

On this page there is a lot of material and one can learn a lot of grammar, I have learned a lot of things, English has to be practiced every day, and speaking to English-speaking people, this helps pronunciation, never give up.
Thank you for these excellent practices.

English for years has been important to get a job, one can learn to speak this language through books in English, movies, since it is easy or also speak that language with people who speak English perfectly ...

The part of the present simple is the most essential to be able to speak English, I recommend that you practice a lot of vocabulary, listen to music in English and watch movies in ungles but without subtitles. If you have a person near you who speaks this language, they will make it easier for you to speak this language

Can someone help me to write reflective writimg.
Questions:
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned this year?
What is the something you need to make more time for?

Hello munira

I bet another user might be willing to help you with this, though I would suggest you put forward a few ideas to begin.

I'm afraid we don't revise our users' written texts, but if you have a specific question about a sentence, we're happy to help you with that.

Good luck!

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

My last learning challenge was to decide to learn English on my own. And it's a challenge that still continues. I mean, especially, the ability to fluently speak and to listen and understand. But we must never throw the towel away! Mustn't we?

Last year, I had an opportunity to visit my school and deliver some speeches towards the students. Our honorable head-teacher invited me to share some valuable knowledge that I gathered in my student life.
I made a presentation about what I told here. It was a challenge for me as before this I hadn't attended in fornt of gathering people. Starting was a little bit uncomfortable but after some talks a felt easy to deliver my messages. I was becoming more confident and enjoying it. I shared my experiences that I gathered on this campus. I advised them to study properly as well as involve in extra-curricular activities.
Although I could not completely satisfy all of them with my talk, I collected some presentation skills which helped me in the next talks. I started participating in public speaking.
Overall, giving a speech in front of students was a good experience, and I enjoyed it as well as learned how important to be a public speaker

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.

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