日本人に英語を教えてきた経験の長いSandy Mapua（サンディー マプア）講師が自己紹介します。
By Sandy Mapua
“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints,” an American author once said. For me, living a life full of adventure has always been my cup of tea; Learning something new and celebrating every milestone in life, that is.
I took AB Mass Communication in college. At that time, I was aspiring to be a CNN news anchor or a filmmaker in Hollywood, just like many of my ambitious classmates. But things change and so are priorities in life. I ended up in sales, and then I became a hotel staff, a real estate and an insurance agent. I gained a lot of knowledge and was able to deliver somehow.
But I was searching for something that I would truly enjoy doing. A friend of mine suggested that I teach English to ESL learners since I had a knack for it. So I did. What struck me most about this job is that I’m able to reach out to others and impart my knowledge. I didn’t realize that teaching could be so rewarding in terms of growth in character, as I used to be very reserved. The exchange of ideas and cultural information deepens one’s perspective in life and builds self-confidence.
What I would advise my students every time they say that they’re not good or will never be good at English is that confidence and a positive attitude are keys to increase their potential in learning. The fact that English is now considered a global language can also mean more possibilities or opportunities to explore other dimensions, making lives more meaningful.