1.What are your personal top three tricks and tips when teaching languages?
It’s not easy to motivate students so I often use computers and the Internet. They like it and this way of learning makes them more active. Another trick is my sense of humor. When I see that my students aren’t interested in the lesson, I try to make them laugh (not too hard, of course). My last tip/trick is the teacher’s behavior. He should act like students sometimes, so he can understand their problems.
2.Which word do you always have trouble pronouncing?
I don’t have many problems with pronunciation now but I remember a word that was quite hard for me to pronounce at the beginning. It’s a German word for teacher – „der Lehrer“. It has this difficult German „r“ (rolling „r“).
3.What is the worst translation error you have ever made?
It was in Austria. I was a German translator there and worked the whole day, often till midnight. One time on a conference I translated a speech and said „langweilig” (boring) instead of „langsam” (slow).
4.Which language teaching product / service / method / gadget … has impressed you the most and why?
I love new technologies in learning and teaching. They are very interesting and motivating so I use them a lot in my classroom. I like e-learning platforms; they allow learning from every place on earth, no matter where the teacher and the students are.
5.What has Lexiophiles’s top Language Blog competition changed for you?
First of all I could see that people like and value my work and hobby. I also saw that they like the German language and that they learn it also outside school. This competition was also a very strong motivation for me. My 5th place is like winning for me and I see that it makes sense to write about what I love.
About the author:
Łukasz Tyczkowski (26) holds a degree in German Philology from the University of Gdańsk (Poland) and has been teaching German for 9 years. He likes teaching adults and he also teaches “Online-students” using e-learning methods and platforms. His German learning blog is relatively young but already popular. He writes about new teaching methods and provides free and interesting learning materials. You can also find some podcasts on his blog, you can read authentic texts and learn grammar. Students can also ask questions in the FAQ-section.