For your Monday of #MeetTheTeacher, we have today Ananya Banerjee, Teacher of English at our Kolkata English language centre. Ananya also contributes to our English in India Facebook page, and you will see a lot more of her this September.
Here are five questions with Ananya to get to know her better!
Shivangi Gupta (SG): Why did you become a Teacher of English?
Ananya Banerjee (AB): I’ve always been fascinated with the English language and the impact it can have in a spoken or written conversation. My love for books have been instrumental in making me fall in love with the English language which eventually lead me to do the CELTA and become a teacher.
SG: What is one thing that you like most about your job? And what do you like least?
AB: I love the mix of students that I get each batch. My students have ranged from retired professionals to children as young as seven years. I’ve had students from across the country and even from outside India from all walks of life. Each of them is strongly motivated and their enthusiasm is contagious!
SG: What are students at the British Council like?
AB: They’re highly motivated learners and are goal oriented. They believe in the power of the English language and as a teacher, I learn from them as well!
SG: If there was one study tip that you could give to your students, what would it be?
AB: Don’t be afraid of making mistakes! Making mistakes is part of the entire learning process and will only help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Also, read, read and read! The more widely you read, you will pick up the nuances of the language better.
SG: Complete the sentence, “If I wasn’t a teacher, I’d be…”
AB: “…a writer or a journalist.”
So tell us about your favourite teacher this Monday on our English in India Facebook page using the hashtag #MeetTheTeacher!