Dreams open the door for future, and perseverance makes them come true.
Out of my strong desire to perform in front of the public, I have dreamed of being a remarkable actress since childhood, but after many times’ trials and attempts, I failed, so I gave up the dream. But my passion for it has never vanished.
Until one day in my undergraduate period, my teacher told that teacher, as a matter of matter, is also an actor, and students are his sincere audience. Teacher employed his humor and unique teaching methods to draw students’ attention just as the actor adopted his superb acting to win audience love and respect. My passion to be a reputable actor was rekindled then. Instead of being a veritable actor, I wanted to be an ordinary but highly reputable star teacher.
Having stepped into teaching career for more than one-year, I greatly enjoyed the process of being a star teacher. In my working experience as English teacher in Longre Education Group, I played the role of a serious trouble maker for high school students but the patient advisor for adults. Throughout the period, I taught students IELT courses, including sorting out grammar, conducting oral practice, guiding students to finish reading and listening practice, and teaching students writing skills. During the long and boring IELTS exam-oriented course, I would resort to situational teaching and gaming teaching. For example, in IELT writing and listening courses, I gave an IELT essay question for students to debate and played pop songs for students to memorize which not only dynamized the class but also trained students’ listening and developed students’ novel ideas on essay questions. After careful observation on students attention-focused time, I would explain the whole unit grammar to students, conduct spoken-English practice and arrange students to do practice in the morning, and practice listening in the afternoon so as to always catch students’ attention. After my persevering endeavors, every student passed the final test and I became their so-called star teacher.
On the post of online English teacher at Shanghai Xinya Education Technology Co., Ltd., I played the role of lively and knowledgeable big sister. This experience familiarized myself with the new 3R(read, repeat, review) teaching in which students were required to draw story logical diagram and then retell the story based on the logical diagram, got me exposed to education information industry in which I recorded online courses, such as the fairy tale of Little Princess, acquainted myself with MOOC design and publication, and endowed me with opportunities to help those students in poverty areas to memorize vocabularies and read masterpieces via online volunteer activities. Given my great familiarities with 3R teaching, I wrote the article of Positive Effects of Children’s English Literature Reading on Primary School which will be publicized soon. In the article, I introduced 3R teaching and analyzed the positive effects of Children’s English Literature Reading on primary school from existing online courses results, and experimental data and theories with the help of my CEO who is the initiator and precedent in 3R teaching research. Through this article, I hope to widely publicize children English literature reading in our primary school, inspire contemporary educational professionals, and trigger off parents’ attention on children English literature reading.
From the six-month internship at Jiangxi Window Education Consulting Co., Ltd., I played the role of an interesting five-year-old kid with childish tone. As an English Teacher and Supervisor in teaching department, I have delved into teaching materials, designed many teaching activities and planned monthly teaching themes and off-campus students recruitment activities. One of the proudest achievement is that I have helped the institution recruit more than 150 students in my organized activity of Running Window. Also, I have found that there exist big problems in curriculum, teaching materials, and class schedules. Against the pressure of being denied and accused, I reflected these problems to my leader. To my surprise, our leader gladly accepted this suggestion and appointed me to design new curriculum and teaching standard and adjusting curriculum. After twists and turns, the institution was under steady development and many branches was successively opened.
Different roles in different work experience not only bestowed me super acting but also revealed my insufficiency in teaching. For example, compared with those experienced teachers who can judge whether students master the course from their eyes and body language, I can only know students’ mastery on the course from their homework and their answers. Having long been infatuated by University College London given its rigor in academics, its top rank in the program of TESOL among the world for five consecutive years and its strong emphasis on practice in the program of TESOL, I want to study TESOL at this world-class institution. To excel in such a stimulating institution, I have attended various TESOL training courses, including TRP Song Concepts and Grammar Morphology and Syntax, and got TESOL Advanced Certificate in 24 days with average score of 97 regardless of heavy study burden.
During my postgraduate study at your university, I aspire to conduct research in how to stimulate interest of second language learners via combination with educational information technology, and then design a set of learning incentives for Chinese second language acquisition students. In the long run, I would be dedicated to putting forward some useful English teaching methods for students and adult second language acquisition tailored to their interest without any trace of exam-oriented education.