student evaluations

As a learner of a language, I was very timid about my speaking ability, especially in relation to my peers. It is very important to me as an instructor to relate to my students and encourage them to connect with one another in a way that exemplifies interaction as organic, rather than intimidating or forced. During the first week of class, I hold office hour meetings  with groups of 2 or 3 to learn more about each student’s language goals and to initiate these intra-student connections from the very beginning. These meetings also establish my accessibility as an instructor.

  • “The instructor was amazing. She made it easy to talk in class and helped develop my oral skills. She made me feel extremely comfortable day one. She was also available to meet with you or speak with you if you needed it.”
    [Evaluations from Intermediate French (Fr. 2090)]

It is also important to me that in a course, whether it is language or literature, all students have equal opportunities to speak. It is a continuous challenge to make one’s course accessible to a growing diversity of students of different backgrounds, abilities, classes, and personal investments. Using different materials is a way for me to address this aspect of teaching, and when this was successfully applied, student participation as well as the general class dynamic were positively affected.

  • “She really created lots of opportunities for us to improve our ability of speaking in the language. She was really understanding and I really like how she made the classroom a comfortable atmosphere to learn.”
  • “Yen was easy to understand, and was very passionate about the subject. I found her comments to be useful, and she tried to bring new material to the class to keep it interesting and different.”
    [Evaluations from Intermediate French (Fr. 2090)]

While energy and passion for the subject are important to find in an instructor, I also think it should be de-centered and balanced with student interests and abilities. Any passion that exudes in my teaching has principally been reinforced by positive responses in my students to my approaches and styles.

  • “Yen is an energetic teacher that cares about her students’ learning.”
  • “She was always patient, the work was never too much, but it did help us learn, and she definitely had our best interests in mind at all times.
    [Evaluations from Intermediate French (Fr. 2090)]