Teaching can be incredibly rewarding, and sometimes very tiring. It’s important every once in a while to remind yourself why you do what you do. For me, it can be summed up by a passage from Michael Lewis’s excellent book, The Lexical Approach.
“…language is important and … language teaching is useful and valuable. A foreign language can be a valuable personal asset, liberating financially, culturally and emotionally. Helping people acquire such an asset is a worthwhile occupation.”
If you are a language teacher, take a moment every day to think about how valuable knowing a foreign language will be for your students. Proficiency in a foreign language creates more friendship opportunities, more professional opportunities, more educational opportunities, more travel opportunities… more opportunities!
Always remember that what you do may end up having a bigger influence on your students’ lives than you can ever imagine.
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