To support my teaching and the students’ learning I use a diverse range of material from textbooks, video, picture to internet. In additional, the materials I designed need to be contextualized because when I present the language with meaningful context, it makes my teaching more engaging and memorable. I always identify the material that focus on the need of individuals and of particular group. In this way I can select materials and activities at exactly the right level for particular learners. I also personalized the teaching materials by taking account of student’s interest and learning style because it helps increase motivation and engagement in learning.
Last but not least, to create an effective learning environment for the students, I need to establish classroom management in the way that works for me and my students and a student-centered environment is something that I always give priority to. Student-centered environment means in practicing language the students are the focus, not the teacher, so I encourage my students to do most of the talking and engaging, while I facilitate the way they are communicating. I also guide my students to correct language usage. Then provide them creative practices with opportunities to employ everyday usage, and participate in memorable activities.
I have been teaching Khmer language since 2012 and in 2016 I had an opportunity to teach a group of students at the University of London (School of Oriental and African Study) where I began my teaching career at academic level. I am currently working as a lead teacher at Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) language centre in London. My job is to delivery language courses to British diplomats and ambassadors who will be moving to Cambodia.
I have had Khmer lessons with Vathanak for 3 years, and he is a really brilliant teacher. He knows how to make language learning fun, and is always encouraging. He also knows how to make you progress even when you think you aren't - then you suddenly realise that you know a lot! I'd definitely recommend him if you want to learn!
Vathanak has been my tutor for 3 years, and it just a wonderful teacher! Kind, patient, and funny, he puts in a great deal of effort to tailor your lessons to your interests and abilities. He keeps his lessons light-hearted, without being overwhelming, and is careful to go at the pace of the students. I've greatly enjoyed learning from him, and will continue to do so in the future. 10/10 would recommend!
Vathanak is a very good teacher, he is happy to explain extra things for me and always willing to clarify. I ask a lot of questions and his enthusiasm throughout each lesson is inspiring.
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