The native English speaker as your teacherAs all Live-English teachers are native speakers, you will be exposed to a wide range of idioms, dialects, slang, and a generally more extensive vocabulary than with a non-native speaker. Bear in mind, however, that while too much slang is never recommended, it can help you to understand what your conversation is about. Conversation with a native speaker will give you an insight into the culture of English speaking countries as well as the teacher’s opinion on traditions and local norms. Native speakers are well versed in all sorts of English language subjects and as such can make your learning experience very rich with a wide variety of vocabulary and topics.
A native English speaker will teach the language in a more dynamic way with less emphasis on grammar and other more tedious subjects. However, the most important aspect of conversation with a native speaker is the correct pronunciation that you will learn and of course a native accent. What could be better than learning to speak English with an Australian or Scottish accent?!
At the end of the day, the most important characteristic of your native English teacher is his or her passion for teaching. Passion is contagious and makes the student more excited about learning, which in turn causes the lesson to become something fun. Many native English teachers have chosen to teach because they are passionate about sharing their knowledge and have a love of the language. Learning from someone who so clearly loves what he or she does certainly makes the learning process more enjoyable.
What are your thoughts and experiences? How has your English learning so far been affected by your teacher, whether native or non-native? I can say that as a mother to children learning English as a second language, their exposure to non-native English teachers has caused them much frustration when they have been taught the wrong pronunciation, which we have spent many hours laughing about at home!
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