How Do We Learn Things?
We learn from parents, uncles, aunts, grand-parents, friends, and strangers. We learn from books, films, and surfing the ‘net. We learn by chatting, listening, reading, watching, and even dreaming. Even our pets teach us things – about them and about ourselves.
In fact, the whole world is a teacher to us: the mountains, the weather, the stars.
Our parents teach us because they love us – and it is what our friends do because they love us too.
Learning In Class
In an English lesson, your English teacher is not the only teacher in the class. You are a teacher. English teachers like their students to ask questions, and want their students to help each other – it’s called peer-to-peer correction.
Many Vietnamese students, especially those still at High School, tend to be very quiet. However, every Vietnamese student knows something about English that his or her classmates do not know, and you can help your fellow students by telling them what you know. For example, if you hear a friend using the wrong word, or pronouncing it incorrectly, help them by politely pointing out their mistake.
You might say:
‘By the way, comfortable is pronounced COMfortable, not comFORtable.’
‘Necessary is pronounced NECessary, not necessary.’
Clothes is pronounced /kləʊðz/, not /kləʊðziz/
The main point is this:
DON’T BE AFRAID TO SPEAK UP IN CLASS!
BE A FRIEND!
BE A TEACHER!
How About You?
What do you think about helping your friends like this? Do you do it, or are you too shy? Would you help friends of your own age, but be embarrassed about helping someone else? Are there any problems involved? Let us know in the comments section below!