Learning series: Remain teachable – Part 1

Love learnWhen people ask why they should continue studying if they already have “good English” or why the English course they are doing seems to be so ineffective, my answer usually depends on who is asking.

Some people do not really want an answer; they just want to ask. Maybe they already know the answer and just do not understand it. Others like to ask questions but seem to remain deaf to the answer.

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Paying attention to the answers is crucial. Someone said that nothing can be taught to those who are determined not to learn and I believe this is very true. Many teachers and methods around the world are being savaged and blamed for the bad performance of students and users. The old blame game.

If you are in the business of studying/learning/practicing a second language, it is not enough to have the tools, you need to sharpen them. Let’s face it – we can be exposed to teaching, but we have to make decisions on how to learn and if we want to learn.

Some people do not progress because they either think they are already very good or that the methods they use will do the job for them. The former is more difficult to treat; it takes a lot of hard experiences to overcome pride and self-sufficiency. The latter is easier, I suppose, as we are talking here more about the lazy bones who want things done for them rather than labouring themselves.

Are You Teachable

In both cases, however, to remain teachable is the answer. Otherwise you lose the amazement, the enjoyment. You think you cannot be taught; that you have it all. When you make the effort and remain consistent, then, and only then, you have literally learned your lesson.

If you think you are already very good and you clearly are not, then you are deceiving yourself and tiring people around you. You run the risk of being arrogant, indifferent or insensitive to the others’ pace or their learning styles. Besides that, if someone wants to be really good at whatever they do, they should never stop learning. To be good goes beyond having some knowledge – to be open to accept, add, change and replace is what defines a good learner.

So today check your attitude – are you pretending you have it all or are you helping yourself and others to achieve their dreams because of your enthusiasm and humble approach to learning? To make the difference, the good ones have to remain humble and help others to remain teachable.

Choose to remain teachable!

~ Erica De Monaco Lowry ~

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Erica De Monaco Lowry

Erica De Monaco Lowry has been living in Ireland since 2008. She is a teacher, an interpreter, a translator, a tour guide and an insatiable learner. Her favorite pastimes include reading, travelling, socialising and catching up with her family.

14 comentários

  • 30/01/14  
    Thiago Joseph diz: 1

    Great post!!

  • 30/01/14  
    Adriano Trindade diz: 2

    Erica, I like your post!

  • 30/01/14  
    Marcos Paulo Moreira diz: 3

    Nice article! You’ve pointed out some ineteresting facts. I’m looking forward for the part II.

  • 30/01/14  
    Wanderlan diz: 4

    Great article Erica! Congratulations.
    Humbleness is very important at all.

  • 30/01/14  
    Betty diz: 5

    I loved your article! So true!

  • 30/01/14  
    Raphael Souza de Melo diz: 6

    What a good post!
    I thought it was only me who believed that the key to keep learning is always be modest no matter how big is your knowledge.

  • 30/01/14  
    Felipe Daniel Haag diz: 7

    Hello!

    Congratulations! Excellent post! It’s great to see here a post that is 100% written in English!!

    I hope to see more of them. ;-)

    Best regards,

    felipeh6

  • 30/01/14  
    sandrom diz: 8

    Erica, thanks for the great post!

    It reminds me of a kind of saying I heard a long time ago: A friend is a person who asks how you are and waits for the answer.

    Listening to the answers is the key to knowlegde in every field of life.

    cheers!

  • 30/01/14  
    Danielle diz: 9

    Excellent post!

  • 30/01/14  
    Pedro Alexandre diz: 10

    As I was reading your post I remembered what I heard once, ‘Some stds learn depiste their teachers’. You made it clear it’s true the other way around, ‘Depiste the best teacher, some stds will never learn’, which is quite sad.

  • 31/01/14  
    Lucas Ribeiro diz: 11

    Very good article! I totally agree with your point.

  • 02/02/14  
    Leoncio diz: 12

    Hi everyone, my name is leon, I lovely your tips so I want to be a teachable, and your text I’ve saw some exemples with some words your could give me some tips about the words. I listed down it.
    remain
    deaf
    pay
    taught
    savaged
    blame
    sharpen
    blame
    either
    treat
    overcome
    pride
    self
    latter is
    lazy
    bone
    rather
    labouring
    teachable
    both
    however
    otherwise
    amazement
    taught
    effort
    pace
    besides
    whatever
    approach
    beyond
    remain

    Thank’s and very sucess and hir learning. bye mate.

  • 03/02/14  
    Erica diz: 13

    Hi, Leoncio. It’s great to know you’re learning and want to improve your vocabulary. If I give you the meaning of all these words you will miss out on the opportunity to find more about each of them in a good dictionary. It’s great to see words in context and modern dictionaries give great examples of words in real sentences. The dictionary will help you much more. :)

  • 03/02/14  
    Erica diz: 14

    Thank you everyone for taking the time to leave a comment. Very appreciated. Happy learning to all!