We would like to congratulate Namatama Katanekwa as our Featured Teacher for August.
Namatama is a highly motivated and ambitious teacher. She understands her students and knows how to customize lessons based on their needs. She incorporates her unique aspect of diversity and passion for teaching in every lesson.
She lives in Hamburg, and she specializes in working with young learners and business English. Namatama enjoys blogging and traveling.
We are very proud of her and all of her accomplishments! Thank you for being part of the Speakeasy team, Namatama.
For teachers and students everywhere... This little nine-year-old boy is already learning how to inspire.
Questions & Answers with Namatama
1. Tell us about your time living and teaching abroad. How long? Where?
So, I’m from Zambia. Also grew up in the U.S. and S.A. I’ve been living and working here in Germany for about a year. It’s been the biggest adventure ever! The highs, the lows- I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’m in Hamburg which I think is the best German city, even with the “schietwetter“. I live in the gorgeous area of Ottensen which is a 12min walk to the Elbe. It’s exactly what you think of when you think about moving to Europe to have a grand experience. It fits the cliché and I love it!
2. When and where did you receive your TEFL Certification? If no, TEFL certification.
I got my CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the Hamburg School of English at the end of 2018. After that, I went back home to Zambia and I returned to Hamburg about 9 months later to start my new life as a freelance English teacher
3. What is the most surprising thing you have learned during this experience?
I’ve learned that teaching is truly my passion and I’m much stronger than I thought I was. Moving abroad to teach builds a type of inner strength I can’t explain. You’re pushed out of your comfort zone and you have to sink or swim. Most of the time you’ll swim and learn a lot of life lessons along the way that make you a better person. I’ve also become aware of how much I love teaching with all my heart. It gives me a feeling of fulfillment that’s indescribable.
4. What are your preferred areas of teaching English?
That’s hard to say. I love teaching kids/teens but I also love teaching business English to professionals. Freelancing allows me to have the best of both worlds which I absolutely adore.
5. Do you miss anything from Zambia?
My parents and the food. I’m an only child so I’m very close to my parents. Unfortunately due to Corona, I haven’t been able to see them this year which has been really hard but hopefully, that will change soon ideally by Christmas. Zambian food is something I miss too. Luckily there are a lot of African stores in Hamburg so I can buy ingredients to make Zambian food as often as I want. I don’t find all the ingredients but something is better than nothing. :)
6. How are you handling the global pandemic and living in Germany?
At first, it was really hard. Corona affected my work, daily life, and future outlook. Luckily I have a great support system here in Hamburg. My amazing roommate, caring friends, and awesome boyfriend helped me get through an otherwise not so great period.
Talking to my parents each day really helps because they are my world. I think the worst part about all this is not being able to see my parents but like so many people, I’m looking forward to things going back to normal, or a new normal that allows travel at the very least. German bureaucracy usually sucks but I would say during the pandemic it actually helped. I was able to get back to work rather quickly which was great because as freelancers something like a pandemic can have a negative effect on one’s financial situation. The government is doing a great job of Controlling the spread of corona in my opinion. The measures put in place really settle any anxieties I have about the pandemic.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. -William A. Ward
Auditory learners learn best while they are actively listening. They concentrate best by receiving new or difficult information by listening to themselves or someone else talking.
People with strong auditory preferences are more confident and successful when they can:
Learn by listening to others
Receive instructions aurally from speakers and recordings
Repeat the information aloud and/or repeat it in their heads
Talk about/Discuss/Record texts when mastering or reinforcing new or difficult information and ideas
Visual learners are those who find it easiest to remember what they read or view.
They can visualize pages and sections of printed text, and they remember the layout, headings, subheadings, keywords, captions, and images.
Learn by viewing images, graphics, demonstrations, and performances
Watch introductory presentations and instructional videos
Visualize or see the required finished product – its shapes, colors, and features
Timelines with symbols and images, storyboards and animations, and/or pictorial flash cards
SPEAKEASY CLUB PRESENTS:
Learner's definition of Professionalism
: the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well
Professionalism used in a sentence.
A high level of professionalism is expected when working with clients.
He is highly respected for her professionalism.
They were impressed by the sheer professionalism of the performance.
Look up the definitions for the words listed below. Write them down to create your very own vocabulary list. Most importantly: Practice, Practice, Practice.
Spread the word...
Kinaesthetic learners prefer to learn new or difficult information through 'real-life' experiences and demonstrations. They concentrate best when they are physically active and able to use their large muscle groups in the learning process. Experiential learning suits them well.
People with strong kinaesthetic preferences are more confident and successful when they can:
Engage in physical activities and games while learning
Learn through active participation in real situations or imagined scenarios
Practice following instructions and directions before attempting a task or an assessment
Kinesthetic learners prefer roleplay, active problem-solving, information walls and musical performances just to name a few