学习啦【英文书信】 编辑：秀珍 发布时间：2016-09-09
Dear Ms. Fu,
I would like you to know that I appreciate the help and support you gave to me when I was in junior high school. I enjoyed being taught by you immensely. You are an excellent teacher and inspired me to continue learning with an open and positive mind.
I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude to you for teaching me what is responsibility. You helped me how to find the best place for myself and look for the personal values. I remember you gave me a book as a present of the Spring Festival. You are the first teacher who gave me a present which I was moved for a long time.
I would further say that you gave me so good memories that I wish I could go back to that time again. It was you who encouraged me to overcome obstacles. It was you who cared about my emotions. I appreciate all you have done for me, which meant so much to me. I hope that this letter brings my best wishes to you and I once again thank you for giving me those precious memories of my life, which I shall cherish forever.
Dear Miss Zhu,
How time flies! It has been a few years since I left high school, but I still remember you in my heart, because you’re the best teacher in my mind. It’s not only because you taught me knowledge, but also you taught me how to study. I have really benefitted a lot from you. So I would like to express my great thanks to you, and share my life in college with you.
Now I’m studying in Hunan First Normal College, which is Chairman Mao’s former school. I major in English, because I find it so fun and interesting. As far as I’m concerned, our English Department is the best department in our college. The teachers in our department are knowledgeable, experienced, and warm-hearted. And my classmates are nice, friendly and helpful. Thus, I have a good atmosphere to study. When I have difficulties in study, I always ask my teachers for help or discuss with my classmates. Through their help, I have made great progress in my English study.
College life is much different from high school life. In college, we should acquire knowledge as well as improve our integrated abilities. There are a lot of English classes for us to learn, such as Basic English, Oral English, Listening, Reading, Writing, Translation, Grammar, English Literature, and so on. I enjoy these classes very much. Except English, we have many other subjects to learn. Life seems so busy here but it’s so fruitful for me.
After class, I usually go to the English Corner. There I can practice my oral English by talking with foreigners or chatting with my schoolmates. Now, I’m able to communicate with foreigners well. Sometimes I also take part in some social activities. For instance, last weekend I attended an interesting play. As it was my first performance, I felt a little nervous at the beginning. But when I appeared on the stage, I made every audience laugh happily. I was so proud of myself at that moment, because this was my first achievement.
What about your present life? I hope to hear from you soon.
At last, I hope everything goes well with you. Please give my best regards to your family.
Dear Fellow Teachers,
All of us are aware that more we expose our learners to English, the better their learning will be. That is why we try to use more and more English in the classes. Will all that we speak constitute exposure? May not be. If we repeat a sentence many times, will it be interesting to our learners? No, definitely not. Mere repetition will only increase the quantity of exposure and this does not constitute meaningful exposure. Then what is meaningful exposure?
Using English in an interesting and useful way will provide meaningful exposure. One of the ways of doing it is to make your classroom language richer with English; this does not preclude the use of Arabic, if necessary, in the beginning classes with English, but you should gradually and consciously increase the amount of English in the classroom language. The more English you use by way of classroom language, the more meaningful exposure your learners have.
Another way of providing meaning exposure is to use real-life situations for presenting language items – words and grammar items – in the classroom. A real-life situation is a classroom situation naturally available to you while teaching; for example, a student coming late to class can be a useful situation for teaching ‘why…..?’ or ‘because’ or ‘if….’ etc. Or for teaching ‘too….to’, you can make use of a short student and ask him/her to touch the top of the blackboard and say ‘He is too short to touch it’, or to teach the words ‘green leaves’, you can point to the tree outside the classroom (if there is one) and so on. As I keep on saying, you need to be a bit imaginative and resourceful and you can do wonders in the classroom! Using personal anecdotes (incidents that have happened in your or your students’ lives) or useful stories or parables in Arabic or things that have happened in the schools such as the Sports Day or the Annual Day can also make the exposure meaningful. An alternative to the real-life situations is the life-like situations or simulations, which you can use as a substitute for the former; use them cleverly in such a way that they involve your learners and create interest in them. Some of the activities provided in your Pupil’s Books and Workbooks are useful in this regard and you can use them.
I have seen some of my trainees being unimaginative while teaching. For example, introducing the word ‘birthday’, they say several times the word and sentences such as Yesterday was my birthday, but fail to ask the student ‘When is your /your sister’s birthday? When is the Prophet’s birthday?’ to make the situation more natural. Imaginative teachers use birthday cards and make the situation realistic and the classes interesting. My suggestion is that you write down the contexts or examples in a notebook, whenever they come to your mind and store them. You can use them when you need them, because creative ideas come to your mind as sudden sparks, you do not know when; some of my best ideas were born in the bathrooms!
Be imaginative and make your classes more and more interesting and alive. Do share with me whenever you get brilliant ideas for classroom teaching. Good luck.