We have a special blog post from one of our amazing students, Mike!
I would not say it is a challenge, but it’s a valuable experience for being an English learner that I had three interviews with different native English speakers. Before sharing these, please let me introduce myself first.
My name is Mike and I was born in Taiwan. Following the traditional education in Taiwan, English was not a tool for me; it was a subject which I had to study for the exam and I hated it. For this reason, I hardly talked to anyone in English because it almost killed me. It was easy to keep the speaking part of English away when I was a student; I could be a good student only with reading and writing. But it didn’t work after I got a job and that was why I went to Canada to improve my English skills.
There is a big difference between talking with your teacher and having a conversation with a Canadian whose first language is English. I always feel comfortable chatting with English teachers because they are not only professionals but also patient and speak slowly. The key point is that I am not afraid of making a mistake. Talking with someone out of school is more difficult, but it is okay for me because there are few sentences in the daily conversation and I can use gestures and body language to help me most of the time. Having an interview with them is a higher level because I need to continue the conversation and am anxious about offending them.
The first interview was a conference call with Dominique, who is a lovely librarian. Before the phone call, I didn’t feel nervous because I thought my teacher, Theresa, would hold the meeting. But I was wrong because my classmates and I ought to carry on this conversation by ourselves. There was some embarrassed silence and we could not keep a topic going for a while. I was not satisfied with this result, but at least it was a beginning and I appreciated Dominique’s patience. The second interview was with Caleb Chen, who is an artist. The amazing thing was that I could understand about 80% of Caleb’s presentation. I was so excited about it because it was the first time I really enjoyed an English presentation. After that, Caleb and I became friends. The third interview was with Mrs. A, who was an elegant but humorous music teacher. I was impressed by her patience with her students which made you want to be her student.
I believe that I have improved in English thanks to the teachers at REV. They always give me new tasks which are a good way for learning and growing confident in English. Finally, I should thank myself for making the opportunity to be here. It was a hard decision to give up what I had before and come here for improving my language. Please give yourself a round of applause if you are a second language learner.