“I like your class, but it’s hard.”
I hear that a lot in Power Speaking. I always find it interesting because when I started my career as a teacher, I never imagined myself teaching a high-pressure class. For sure, we laugh a lot in Power Speaking. But we also have high expectations of ourselves, and we move quickly through the activities.
Why is it important to be able to speak English under pressure? Because sometimes we face high pressure situations: job interviews, angry customers, university lectures, and so on. You need to be able to trust your English abilities in all situations. At REV, we want you to be able to communicate successfully no matter what is happening.
Sometimes we discuss challenging topics like art, advertising, and education systems. The art unit is one of my favourites because most students begin the class saying, “I don’t know anything about art. I don’t like it. I have nothing to say.” However, as we start to learn and talk about art together, most of them find that they actually do have some opinions!
You may not need to talk about art or advertising in your daily life. I know that! However, you will face other unfamiliar topics, and you will need to listen, learn, ask questions, and think quickly. These are all skills that we practice in Power Speaking. So, when we talk about subjects that are not your passion, remember: first, keep an open mind; you may discover that it is interesting after all! And second, you are building good thinking and language skills that will help you handle any topic that comes up in your personal, school, or work life.
It’s OK for class to be hard. If it was easy, you wouldn’t have to practice! The question is, can you do it? If it is difficult but still possible, that is the best situation for you to learn.
You can do it! 加油! Gambate! Fighting!