I know I AM repeating myself. I know that for some of you this is the first experience you have with exams. But believe me. I've been there. I've done that. A million times. Both as a student and as a teacher. I like to believe that I know a bit more... So listen to me please:
- It's not the end of the world if you don't pass the exam. You can do it again! And again and again! But it is not necessary. Just because your friend has got the B2 level certificate in the sixth grade, this does not necessarily mean that they now better English (German, French etc.) than you. It is not a competition.
- Getting certificates at an early age will not help you when you will need them, for example when you want to study abroad or get a job. You have to keep learning (reading, speaking, cultivate the language)
- The college you will go to, let's say in 4 years (if you are 14 taking a C2 exam) will not accept the certificate you got back then. You will have to take another kind of exam.
- If you are learning with me as a teacher, I will probably not give you 4 exam books. I will give you one. And that because you have to understand the format of the exam. Doing tests without analyzing your mistakes will NOT help you.
- When I start talking with you about irrelevant things (in your opinion) and work on songs and videos not in the exam format, it does not mean that we do not practise. My goal is to make you express yourselves in the foreign language. My job is to make you read, write, speak and understand. Not pass the exam. If you can do all of the above you will pass the exam. And be able to communicate.
- My success as a teacher is not estimated by the certificates my students got, but from the people I have helped to use the language. The ones who use the language at their work or studies. The ones who were able to communicate when they traveled and did not get lost.
- I am here to help you. To advise you when you take the exam but also to make you interested in the language and culture.
- Remember I spend more time you you guys than with my own family. I love my job and I love helping you, but I cannot be there whenever you want. So if I say no when you tell me to come on a Sunday or I don't answer the phone at 11pm, I think I cannot be blamed.
- I love you guys, like family and you know that I will never stop caring about you (even if you forget me after the exams). I try not to push you too hard, but sometimes I have to.