This website is intended to summarize or to serve as storage for aspirations, ideas, methods, approaches, techniques, insights into education, which we as teachers and students get acquainted with and too often forget or have them scattered everywhere, from our mind to our drawers.
Having taught English as a foreign language to students for quite some years from beginner to A-levels renders me a clear vision as to how the students’ knowledge and skills are to develop. In addition to classroom experience, I have also been a member of the Commission of Assessors of the English State Examination at the National Examination Centre in Lithuania.
Therefore, my personal observations, based on teaching practice and discussions with other EFL teachers, have sustained the mindset that apart from step-by-step refining and enriching the skills of grammar, vocabulary, listening, reading, writing or speaking separately using the usual coursebook task-based methodology, it is absolutely beneficial in the teaching/learning process to integrate and/or supplement these skills via dealing with purposefully staged and guided real context – contextual methodology – (e.g. literature, travelling, songs, movies, activities, presentations, contests, creative writing and taking notes, conversing with people, dealing with real life situations, discussions while playing/drawing/cooking, etc.), both in terms of receptive (language input) and productive (language output) skills. Not only does such teaching/ learning process expose students to stimulating and compelling media, it also tests their collaboration skills and involves real senses and abilities such as seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, doing, problem solving and the like through experience, which makes their learning much more well-rounded, helps retain the experiential information rather than memorizing mere facts into the long-term memory incomparably better, and fosters higher level of thinking.
Moreover, since students enhance at an uneven pace due to their aptitude for different learning styles (visual, auditory, reading/writing, kinaesthetic), it is advisable to encourage students by allocating, if possible, personal professional consultation after classes or offer online support.
Thus, providing students with formal instruction and promoting self-study with guidance may help students eliminate the underlying causes that often hinder good performance and final result.
In addition to teaching EFL, interest in other languages such as Russian, German, French and Polish adds to my knowledge of how languages function.
Finally, striving to live as a coherent 3D personality (gentleman – rich psyche, athlete – fit body, scholar – enhancing mind) as well as developing both positive interpersonal skills and multilingualism, contribute, I believe, to a versatile person willing to cooperate and share ideas for the benefit of everyone.
Hobbies & Interests:
- Music and Arts (playing the guitar and choir singing)
- Tennis and Table Tennis
- Pedagogy and Teaching