My name is Kate, I am 20 years old, and this summer will be my third year as a leader in the English Summer camp. While studying in the university I also work as a teacher of English in one of the educational centers in Moscow. One of my groups had five teenage boys 13-14 years old. It was the most difficult group for me. They were not motivated to study the language and showed distinct displeasure with the fact that parents forced them to attend the lessons. Probably, it was the first time when I seriously started to think about my own motivation. Why was I learning English and why do I still learn it? In my case, the answer is actually easy: I was always an excellent student and was always aiming to achieve the best results in every subject. Little did I know how many opportunities my efforts would bring me in the future.
We can regularly preach to the kids the importance of studying English, saying that it can broaden your mind, can help you to get to know foreign culture, increase your chances to get well-paid job and many-many other things. However these words will be meaningless until children see the application of these words in real life. I will tell some facts from my own experience.
At first, It’s my part-time job. I was very happy when I’d got through the interview for being the teacher of English and started to work in a big educational center. I couldn't imagine better part-time job for myself as my schedule didn’t affect studying at the university and salary was enough for being financially independent. At second, it’s my life in China. My major is oriental studies, that’s why now I have one year scholarship for studying in this amazing Asian country. Here I am surrounded by people of different nationalities, most of the time the language of our communication is English. This is priceless experience. In the XXI century every day we are influenced by TV, radio, other people, that are telling us about foreigners and foreign countries. As a result of this, we unconsciously limit ourselves by the opinion of our government or even individual. This leads to unreasonable hatred towards people, that we’ve never met before. Being able to use amazing tool, that is called “English language”, we can break all the stereotypes, that are thrusted on us and become a friend to a person from every part of the world (fortunately, English is international language). I have been experiencing this in China. It was interesting to observe how at first we - international students - were asking each other questions about politics (what do you think about America? Ukraine?) and different cultural sterotypes (is it always cold in Russia? Do all people drink Vodka?), and how later we #reallydidn’tcare about cultural background and started to treat each other not as foreigners, but just as people. Isn’t it priceless? But you can experience it yourself only if you speak fluent English. I consider it to be a good motivation. Except great things mentioned above, English helps me everyday when I am reading websites, watching useful videos on Youtube, talking with my foreign friends.
It is hard to believe that you can start speaking English in just 10 days, but it really happened to me. Of course, I was studying the language during the whole year, but only the camp gave me the opportunity to actually SPEAK English. I’ve never been to the English speaking countries, but all the foreigners now are surprised that I don’t have strong Russian accent.
In conclusion, I want to wish you to be strong and courageous! To be courageous to open new world of English language,it will definitely impress you.