November 12, 2009
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From the subjective perspective of a beginner learner, who happens to be an aspiring
teacher, with good awareness of teaching theories and education system/process in general.
- Competent German Usage
- Good mastery of grammatical details
- A very healthy vocabulary
- Habitual self-improvement,
self-evident on-going efforts
- Remarkable attention to details
Catches an amazing amount of mistakes
- Holistic focus, often noticing issues outside the scope of requested
- able to perform on-the-fly translation for most sentences
- attention to details, emulate original style/structure whenever
- able to detect/declare her own limits with sentences that
are beyond her abilities
- Pronunciation & Accents
- judged to be highly standard (per my other mentors)
- clear & deliberate enunciation, with optimal pace
- good familiarity with it, and screens out only "socially acceptable"
- socializing vs. teaching modes (a percentage thing, never pure)
- always indicate "Umgangssprache" when newly introduced
- throttles frequency of annotations and corrections
accordingly over time
- Understanding & Patience
- knows what the learner suffers in
- understands the logistical details, avoiding needless explanations
- ability to streamline, rearrange, summarize, without critical
- provides ample annotation where confusion is anticipated
- doesn't mind repeated rounds of clarification & confirmation
- Attitude & Approach
- stresses "I don't want to tell you something wrong"
- appropriate qualifiers added, in instances where she has some doubt
about her answers
- proactive clarification, to ensure proper understanding
of learner's request/inquiry
- candid in disagreements and pointing out flaws
- Teaching Techniques
- effective use of word/sentence games as teaching aid
- skillfully employ repetition and offer reviews at strategic
- good instinct in grouping and mentioning related items
- sensing the need for, and provision of contextual/background
- emphasis of keeping it relevant & fun, thus increasing motivation
- always keeping topics and activities fresh
- good judgment in what mistakes to overlook, what to bring up &
- very caring, encouraging; and genuinely pleased when learner shows
- consistent & effective use of notations
- relatively competent and well-equipped in technological aspects
- Communication Skills
- superb inter-personal communication skills overall
- relatively strong English abilities, particularly in written form
- excellent cultural understanding of American society, able to relate
- precise & concise style of chat
- remarkably courteous!
great sense of humor!
Weaknesses (see comments
As judged by full-fledged professional teacher standards
- Formal Grammatical Knowledge
- generally weak
- not very familiar with advanced formal grammatical terms and exact concepts
- unable to explain complex situations, due to lacking of advanced
- unable to make authoritative general statements, due to insufficient
- Real world knowledge & experience
- lacks authoritative statistics, on some regional aspects of
linguistics beyond known accents
- Slightly timid
- particularly in verbal English
- These are my candid personal (yet highly objective) assessment
of an obviously precocious young person, with a fascinating mind and
quite unique approach to life.
- "Teaching" is used in the sense of 1-on-1 tutorage/mentoring, not
formal structured curriculum-based teaching in a classroom
- If the weakness section were to be written in terms of "consider
the young age of the teacher", it wouldn't be very interesting, as
the entire section can be reduced to 1 word: "none"
- When things are generally wonderful, it'd be more productive to
elevate the standards, and provide an magnified examination, so as
to cite the slightest flaws.
- As such, the points raised here should be regarded as long-term (next
30 years) improvement objectives, not for immediate concerns
Deutsch Lernen, meine Stärke - Meine
Stärke, Menschheit Macht.
Coco's teaching, Cuppa's gain - Cuppa's gain, Coco's amusement.