We go behind the scenes with Adan, our determined member of The Language Academy teaching team.
Read his interview below to find out why he wants to change the world, one student at a time.
From: Murcia, Spain
Currently teaching: Spanish
➱ LIFE AS A LANGUAGE TEACHER
What prompted you to move to the Gold Coast?
Ⓐ “The climate is very similar to my city. I have always loved the surf. I wanted to come to Australia to live, have a new experience, and to learn how to surf properly. I was surfing in Spain, but we don’t have the same waves [laughing]. I think I am here for many things, because I also make music, so I’m here to find inspiration. I wanted to teach Spanish more often and improve my methodology for teaching. I always say I would like to change the world.”
Who or what inspired you to start teaching?
Ⓐ “20 years ago, when I was eight years old, one of my cousins asked me to teach her some mathematics. I spent all day and evening with her, and she learned everything she had wanted to in just two or three hours. It made me feel full, you know. I loved that experience. And also, I had some teachers who inspired me so much when I was younger.”
Have you studied anything other than linguistics?
Ⓐ “Normally in a Spanish family, your father will love football – not my father [laughing]. But he loved music, so I have been singing since I was a child. When I was 13 years old, I started composing music on electric guitar. Maybe my parents gave me the creativity.”
What is your favourite thing about teaching?
Ⓐ “My favourite thing in life is making people happy. So, I like it when students leave class happy. I also like to create new exercises for class and getting to know people on a deeper level.”
What do you find is the most challenging thing about teaching?
Ⓐ “The most challenging thing is to have a group of people, where every one of them are different, and to make them enjoy learning. And so that they can connect between them. That is an important thing. If you achieve that, it’s because you have taken the time to know them very well individually.”
What is your teaching philosophy?
Ⓐ “New technologies are evolving so fast. But not education. It’s the same since many years ago. I find teenagers and other people now are not enjoying education; they’re not looking forward to going to school or uni. They get bored very easily, and for some, not all, it’s like a nightmare for them. It shouldn’t be that experience.
You are learning something, it should be new and exciting. The problem is that we always do the same test for different animals. The test is always to climb a tree. So, I think that’s the reason why people don’t enjoy education. It’s made just for the monkeys.
We can find different ways to get to the highest part of the tree, by teaching with a new methodology.”
Describe a successful lesson. Tell us why it would be successful.
Ⓐ “For me… It’s when their eyes are bright. When they smile all the time, and even when they laugh. I like when students laugh, I don’t mind as I don’t consider myself a serious person.”
What is the next language that you want to learn, and why?
Ⓐ “I would like to improve my French because I don’t like to do things half of the way. I love going until the end. So maybe I will finish learning French, and then I will go for Chinese or Japanese. But I must say, for me, German would be really interesting. Because English and French relate to German, which means I could learn more about English.”
➱ UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Where have you travelled?
Ⓐ “I would like to travel around the world [laughing]. I have travelled through Europe. Countries like Finland, wow, it’s very beautiful. The culture is very different. One of the countries that surprised me the most is Latvia. I didn’t expect it to be so beautiful. And when I’m in a country, I don’t go just to stay for a couple of days, I try to be inside the country to feel the culture, and what people are doing in their everyday life.”
Do you have any hidden talents?
Ⓐ “I used to write poetry [laughing]. I think that it’s very important to be able to express yourself and for others to understand. I think the most difficult thing that human beings find, is their feelings, and how to express them properly. Music and teaching are a way to express yourself, as well as poetry.”
What is your favourite food?
Ⓐ “I love cooking. But I must say that my favourite is pizza [laughing]; but I make it myself. I’m also good at making sushi.”
How would you describe yourself?
Ⓐ “Very talkative, I like to connect with people and meet new people. I can see how different some people are, and it’s interesting for me. I love sports. But I’m also chilled out. I think we need to find an equilibrium in life. I listen to music every day; I find it so interesting how each song has a specific connection to an experience. It’s like perfume, when you listen to a song from some years ago, you remember the exact same feeling
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
Ⓐ “I would try to be many animals. Each one of them offers a difference experience.”
Describe your perfect day. What would it look like?
Ⓐ “A perfect day for me… would be a combination of all of my hobbies, and I would call teaching a hobby. I would get up and do some sport with people I love. I’d make a nice song, and then teach some English and Spanish. And then share an experience with people that I love. Maybe cooking something, or simply spending the afternoon on the beach with them and laughing a lot.”
LAST BUT NOT LEAST…
What is one thing you want your students to remember about you?
Ⓐ “I remember those teachers who had been themselves with us as students. When you express yourself without fear, and you transmit everything you want, you connect with your students. I think if I do the same, most of them will remember me. I can remember one student who was maybe 10. He told me that he would love to be a teacher like me. I almost cried [laughing].”
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