„Olgu, õpeta nüüd!“/”Okay now, teach!”

Astusin koos kohaliku inglise keele õpetajaga klassi. „Olgu, õpeta nüüd!“ ütles ta. Vaatasin talle segaduses näoga otsa. Esimese päeva pidin ju lihtsalt eemalt jälgima, et saada aimu, mis on õpilaste tase ja mida nad parasjagu õpivad… Ja nüüd siis lihtsalt, et õpeta??

I stepped into a classroom with a local English teacher. „Okay now, teach!“ she said. I was really confused. It was the first day as a volunteer for me – I was just supposed to observe the classes. I didn’t even know their level of English. I didn’t prepare anything.

Mulle vaatasid vastu 20 ülimalt elevil ja ootusärevat nägu. Ilmselgelt olin selles pisikeses mägiküla koolis esimene vabatahtlik. Esimene välismaalane, kes neile inglise keelt õpetas.

There were around 20 students curiously watching me at the classroom. That was the point I really realized I was the first exotic volunteer for them, here in the mountain village called Kyzart.

Teel kooli. On the way to school.
Teel kooli. On the way to school.

„No olgu siis,“ mõtlesin. Haarasin tahvlilapi ning hakkasin aeglaselt tahvlit puhastama, ise paaniliselt mõeldes, mida ma nendega nüüd peale hakkan. Tahvli puhastamiseks kulub nii neetult vähe aega.  Loetud sekundite jooksul tuletasin meelde kõikvõimalikke mänge ja enda kunagisi inglise keele tunde.

Hingasin sügavalt sisse, keerasin end näoga klassi poole ning alustasin.

„Okay then,“ I thought. I took the duster and started to clean the blackboard as slowly as I could to save time for thinking. I panicly tried to remember some games and exercises we could play. What did I do in my English lessons back in the primary school?

Finally I had a deep breath in and turned to the class.

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Viimane rahulik hetk enne tunni algust. /Last quiet moment before the lesson started.

„Tere, mina olen Madlena, mis on sinu nimi?“, osutasin esimesele ettejuhtuvale õpilasele. Ta ütles midagi arusaamatut, aga ma olen juba harjunud, et ma kohalikest nimedest midagi aru ei saa. Seejärel said kõik öelda oma vanuse ning siis oli mulle ka tase juba üsna selge. Alustasime numbrite kordamisega. Õppisime värve. Puuvilju, juurvilju. Iseloomuomadusi. Märkasin, et õpetaja istus, vihik ees nagu lastelgi, ning õppis samuti.

„Hello, my name is Madlena, what’s your name?“, I asked the first student sitting just in front of me. He said something which I didn’t actually understand, but I’m already used to the fact that local names can be hard to pronounce. Then everyone told their age and their level of English was clear to me. We started to revise the numbers. We learned colours. Fruits and vegetables. Characteristics. I noticed that the teacher was sitting, making notes and learning like other students.

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Kyzarti uusim koolimaja, avatud alles oktoobris. /The newest schoolhouse at Kyzart, from October 2017.

Tunni lõpus oli aeg piltide tegemiseks. Õpilased tahtsid grupipilti. Ja siis sõprade pundiga pilti. Ja siis veel eraldi pilte. Andsin sel päeval veel kolm tundi, kusjuures igasse järgnevasse tundi jäi ka pool eelmisest klassist. Ma ei tea, kas matemaatika või geograafia õpetajatel oli selle võrra lapsi puudu või ei. Ma pole varem nii motiveeritud õpilasi näinud. Muidugi pole ma varem koolis õpetaja olnud ka.

After the lesson it was time for selfies. The children wanted to make a group photo. Then selfie together with a bunch of friends. Then me with each of the children separately. I gave three more lessons on that day, and in every next lesson there were at least half of the class from the previous lesson staying as an addition. I’m not sure if the maths or geography teachers missed some children from their lessons because of that. I have never seen so motivated students (umm, maybe because I have never been a teacher in the school before).

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Mu kõige motiveeritumad õpilased. /Selfie-time!

Kokku andsin inglise keelt Kyzarti külas kahes koolis, kaks nädalat. Kuidas direktor mind oma kabinetti istuma pani, mitut tooli on vaja ühe tee keetmiseks söögivahetunnil (jah, tooli) ning kuidas plätudega 11ndik mulle külmal tänaval küpsise kinkis – kõigest sellest juba varsti!

I gave English lessons in two schools for the two whole weeks at the village of Kyzart. How the director of one school made me sit in his cabinet, how many chairs (yes, chairs) do you need to make one cup of tea at the lunch break, and how one high-school student with flip-flops gave me a cookie on the cold crisp street – stay tuned for the next post!

 

Madlena ❤

 

One comment

  1. […] Oli esimene “päris” koolipäeva hommik mu uue kodu väikeses köögis. Nurgas küdes kivisöega laetav pliidike, teekann tulel, ning laual kerkis värske saiatainas. “Päris” koolipäev seetõttu, et eelmisel päeval käisime kahes külakoolis mind õpetajatele vaid tutvustamas. Nüüd oli aeg tunde lähemalt vaadata. Mis sai pelgalt jälgimisest, sellest oli juttu eelmises postituses, vaata seda SIIN. […]

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