“I come from Hungary, it is a small country in the middle of Europe with a population of less than 10.000.000. You can imagine how surprised I was when I came to China and found out that a city with 8 million residents is considered to be small. It is almost the whole population of my country! I was brought up in a small town, where most people have huge grape plantations and produce wine, of really high quality. My family traveled a lot because of my father’s job and we spent a lot of time abroad.
“My parents are truly exceptional people, they have always tried to help everybody and taught me to consider other people’s needs and feelings. Their way of thinking and attitude toward others paved my fate to teaching.
I was studying English Literature at university and acquired a master’s degree in 2002. When I was 18, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. All I knew was that I loved reading and poetry and I was good at English and my father told me to follow my heart and do what I really wanted to do. Now I can say it was an excellent advice, because I enjoyed my university studies very much.
“Later on I completed another master’s in Multicultural Education. This major provided me with a deeper knowledge about teaching in various social contexts. I was researching how to teach students with different national, economic, linguistic, religious etc. background. I came across with so many important questions concerning how culturally diverse communities can work and coexist with each other. Most of the European countries are becoming more and more multicultural, it means people from all over the world immigrate to one of those countries. It is very exciting to learn about each other’s cultures, but sometimes cultural gap causes difficulties in understanding each other. Basically, I was studying how to manage cultural gaps and misunderstandings.
“I got my first offer from the high school where I was doing my practice in 2002. Then I moved to England and worked there for a secondary school as well as a language school. At the language school I was teaching English as a Second Language to adults from all over the world. It was awesome! Once I had a group of 12 people from 12 different countries. I met so many wonderful people there. I still keep in touch with some of them. “
“In 2006 I finished my Multicultural Education courses and decided to gain some more international experience. “
“In 2018 ，I was offered a job at an international school in the Philippines. I absolutely enjoyed the gorgeous weather, and just imagine, my apartment was 50 meter away from the most beautiful beach ever, White Beach in Boracay.”
“After a couple of interviews, I ended up in Qingdao working for a training center. Then I moved to Zhengzhou, where I was teaching university students. Finally, I have been teaching ESOL to 8 graders at AFA since September 2019. ”
“Initially, to become a teacher was only a backup plan. I thought “if I can’t find any other decent jobs, then I will become a teacher.” You see, in Europe teaching is not considered to be a respectful job. Many people keep telling me how crazy I am to be a teacher. It is mostly because teachers don’t make much money and people think they don’t work hard because they have a lot of free time. There is also a popular joke about that: “There are three reasons to become a teacher: June, July, and August.” Well, I have to admit, I didn’t want to become a teacher either, but as I mentioned already, I fell in love with this profession during my teaching practice. As soon as I entered the building of that high school in Hungary, I knew I was at home. This feeling hasn’t changed ever since then.
“During my Literature studies, I decided to do a teacher training course. When I was doing my teaching practice at a high school, which was a requirement of the teacher training, I just simply fell in love with this profession. It’s been now 18 years and I can say, I still love being a teacher and can’t imagine doing anything else. I got my first offer from the high school where I was doing my practice in 2002. Then I moved to England and worked there for a secondary school as well as a language school. At the language school I was teaching English as a Second Language to adults from all over the world. It was awesome! Once I had a group of 12 people from 12 different countries. I met so many wonderful people there. I still keep in touch with some of them. Then I moved back to Hungary, because I missed my family and was working for a secondary school in Budapest, the capital city of my country.
“In 2006 I finished my Multicultural Education courses and decided to gain some more international experience. After a couple of interviews, I ended up in Qingdao working for a training center. Then I moved to Zhengzhou, where I was teaching university students. In 2018 I was offered a job at an international school in the Philippines. I absolutely enjoyed the gorgeous weather, and just imagine, my apartment was 50 meter away from the most beautiful beach ever, White Beach in Boracay. Finally, I have been teaching ESOL to 8 graders at AFA since September 2019.
“one of my students keep sending me messages in Hungarian, which is my mother tongue. I just find that so kind and considerate. I can say, this impression hasn’t changed at all, or just in a positive way: I am getting attached to my students too.
“I really like my students here at AFA. They are wonderful kids. Most of them are motivated and keen on all kinds of activities, which makes my job much easier. ”
this job is not about you. It is about your students.”
“I always create a welcoming and safe environment in the classroom. I want my students to know I appreciate their individuality, their opinions, and feelings.
“They are encouraged to express and explore who they are and what they want. Furthermore, a good rapport with them is very valuable to me.
“To achieve that I use humor and make sure I am constantly available and approachable. I involve many activities during a class to accommodate all kinds of learning styles. I use visual and audio aids, have the students move around a lot, work in pairs and groups, so that they can speak English as much as possible.
“At the end of the lesson we usually have a freer activity, which can be a game, or a creative assignment. When we learnt about fashion, the assignment was to design a sports uniform for AFA. Some of the designs were indeed remarkable.
05 The cole value to be a teacher
“To be a good teacher, I think you should be adaptable, approachable, and have a good humor. You are here to do everything you can to make them become good people and find their call in life.
“It is a huge responsibility, because teachers can affect the whole lives of their students. Sometimes it is a sentence, sometimes a smile, other times a deep conversation, or even a quarrel that enable students to do the right thing.