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オンライン英会話の実力派講師に訊く!音読こそが英語上達の一番の裏技?

2017.09.04

オンライン英会話ベストティーチャー

オンライン英会話ベストティーチャーには、英語圏と非英語圏を含め、世界50ヶ国以上の講師が在籍しています。多様性あふれるベストティーチャーでは、英語を学ぶとともに世界中の文化や人々と繋がることができます。
多様性あふれる講師陣についてもっと多くの方に知ってもらいたいため、人気講師に語学や文化 、英語学習法などについて伺いました!

ボリュームのある記事ですが、長文だからということで諦めないでください!少し難しい表現や単語が使われていますが、高校1年生くらいのレベルと言われる英検準2級レベルの方はどんどん読み進めてチャレンジしてください。ちなみに、1級レベル(200 *wpm)なら4分半程度、英検準1レベル(150 *wpm)なら7分程度、英検2級レベル(100 *wpm)なら10分程度で読み切れるボリュームになってます。
*word per minute : 1分間に何単語読めるかを表す指標です。

今回は、セルビア出身のゴラン講師にインタビューしました。言語学者としても活躍しているゴラン講師は、日本でも英語を教えていた経験をお持ちで、日本語学習にも励んでいるそうです。

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Can you introduce yourself?

Hi, everyone! My name is Goran. I am from Serbia, and I have the distinct pleasure and honor of teaching the English language to people from Japan at Best Teacher. Because I adore all things Japan, I have a desire to one day go to your country for post-graduate studies in order to acquire interpreting skills for the Japanese language. Wish me luck!

 

What have you found interesting, surprising, or even difficult through teaching at Best Teacher?

The only difficulties I had were at the very beginning of my work here. I entered this company with little to no teaching experience behind me. That’s not to say that there is no basis for my being admitted to work here; I had to pass some rigorous tests of knowledge and conduct during a lesson. I was quite nervous at the beginning when I first came into contact with all those eager students, due to my lack of experience. As it turned out, I managed my nervousness well and was able to direct my energy towards assuring a smooth experience where students can learn what they wanted to learn as well as some things they weren’t expecting to find out. As a result, after more than a year of everyday lessons, I can proudly say that there are some students who have stood by me since the very start.

Can you talk about cultural differences you have had with your students?

There are only so many cultural differences that can be experienced through sheer conversation, even with video calls, but, every once in a while, Japanese culture, indeed, seeps into the conversation. When introducing ourselves, the student usually uses “nice to meet you” as we would use “hello!”… I think it’s because of the Japanese customary phrase “hajimemashite”(はじめまして), which is slightly different than “nice to meet you”. Examples like this are tiny differences. In fact, I relish finding all the common human traits we all share. Without them, any attempt at conversation would be futile.

Can you talk about tips and know-how for learning a foreign language?

Serbian language, my mother tongue, is a part of the Indo-European group of languages, which include English, German, French, Italian, Hindi, Russian and others. This is somewhat of a mitigating circumstance when it comes to language acquisition for me. For example, I was able to comprehend 40-50% of Italian language after only spending ten days in that country. The real challenge came in the form of Japanese language for me. Based on my experience with it, I can tell you that three things should be practiced by anyone who wishes to become good at a language.

① Beginners should learn gradually, not all at once

② Mimicking of pronunciation should constantly be on your mind.

③ Oral reading, I can’t overstate the importance of the third one. It is unfortunate that so many people feel embarrassed when it comes to reading aloud. They either don’t use voice at all, or they rush through it. Speed comes with time. With enough oral reading, our brains get attuned to the foreign language we are learning. Remember this.

What have you experienced in Japan?

I have already experienced so many places and events in Japan. I was living in Nara; visited Kyoto and Osaka on more than one occasion; saw Hiroshima, Miyajima, Tokyo, Kobe, Himeji-jō… My regret is that I only saw one hanabi-taikai(花火大会), while I have never been to Kyushu and Hokkaido before. Yakushima in particular sounds like a place I would definitely like to hike through. I should mention I miss kotteri(こってり) ramen terribly. 

What makes you special in teaching English at Best Teacher?

I am fully committed to enabling full understanding of lesson material in students, even when there is not enough time to explain it all. That’s what I use that advice box for after the lesson. Also, I consider myself a person of many interests, so, aside from pronunciation corrections, which I specialize in, I enjoy in sharing my love of biology, astronomy, geography, movies, anime, video games through conversation. Because I am a linguist, I am able to provide a deeper understanding of etymology in words, that is, their origin. This way students are able to learn advanced vocabulary.

Do you have any encouraging message for students?

Many students are unaware of what a flexible system Best Teacher has. You can (and you should!) write about literally anything you like in the Writing Room. Don’t limit yourself on situational conversations. However, talk about what you want to talk about IN THE AMOUNT you want. It is likely that a teacher with your shared interests will finish that script with you. Topics that are near and dear to you make English learning so much more fun than what it usually is.

いかがでしたか?

ラーメンの「こってり」には、日本人だけでなく世界中の人を虜にするポテンシャルがありそうですね!講師インタビューを通じて、日頃気づかなかったことにも気づかされることが多いものです。
また、ゴラン講師が語ってくれた「外国語学習の3つのコツ」は言語学習の核心をついたアドバイスなのではないでしょうか?

ゴラン講師のレッスンはオンライン英会話ベストティーチャーで受講することが出来ます。皆さんも、ぜひゴラン講師の授業を受けてみてはかがでしょうか!

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