This blog’s content should probably be about the finer points of English grammar, but I want to write about another side of the on-line learning experience, because I feel that I am the one that has learned.
I guide and advise my students about business English, certainly, but for me the exciting part is when we ‘chat’ to each other at the end of the assignments. Every time I open an assignment, it’s like a visit from a friend.
I have learned about Japanese art, culture and traditions. I have been educated about musicians, artists, photographers and dancers… With the help of my friend Google, I have roamed around gardens they have visited; I have seen the holiday resorts they have relaxed in. I have been to museums I never knew existed. I have debated fine points of legal matters and been given recipes for Japanese treats. One of my students has a grandfather still living in Hiroshima!
I was fascinated to learn that there is a castle in Japan that is almost identical in design to the castle in Cape Town. I have shared my experiences of living in Africa and many of them have been fascinated by the diversity of South Africa despite the political turmoil. I love my country and am a proud ambassador for what we have to offer.
For me, teaching is a two-way street and it’s the personal relationship that develops between teacher and student that makes the experience such a fruitful one. I know I have just as much to share with you as I want to learn from you.
I always ask my students to add their pictures to their home pages, but very few of them do it. Can anyone enlighten me about why the Japanese people are so reluctant to add their profile pictures?
Ruan Wiggett – 17 November 2017
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