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Teacher/Student//Student Teacher

Written By: Billette on January 28, 2009 3 Comments

My second semester as a GSI has begun – and so has my learning of a new language. I teach French daily, my most energizing and, possibly,  most powerful part of the day, and, three times a week, I go directly to a class in Catalan. As I cross the heart of campus, I can feel the internal, linguistic gears shifting. These gears are a bit rusty and cranky, as I haven’t pushed them in such a way ever. Going from language teacher to language student with about twenty breaths in between is a fascinating experience.

It’s the student part that is informative at this moment : I find that my years as a teacher inform how I now learn. I listen more and can approach meaning in this new language a bit differently. I take notes in French about Catalan. I notice how my instructor is teaching and want to offer support and attention as much as possible.  Simultaneously, I want my learning to infuse my teaching.

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3 Responses to “Teacher/Student//Student Teacher”

  1. Usree Bhattacharya on: 28 January 2009 at 7:35 pm

    How beautifully and elegantly articulated! A delightful post…I hope we get to hear about your trilingual experiences in Berkeley more often! Great seeing you today, as always! 🙂

  2. Youki on: 29 January 2009 at 1:52 am

    fascinating post, thank you for sharing!

  3. katie_k on: 30 January 2009 at 10:03 am

    That is really cool. I’ve never thought about how being a teacher could change the way you’re a student, but it makes sense.

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