Eleven Comments From ESL Students

It's interesting to get comments from students. Through one of the companies that I teach for I have an almost random selection of students. A student pops up, a workbook pops up, and we start. That's where these comments come from. They are mostly translated from Chinese into English, so it might sound a little odd.

Here they are, in reverse chronological order.

1 - Thank you for your patience

2 - Thanks tor teaching me English toningt.In fact,you should teach my little brother,but he is very shy and it is a first day to learn English.I hope you don't angry with him. Thank you!!

3 - Very patient teacher who will guide children in communication, good teacher

4 - Thank you! Ttacher.

5 - I am sorry, teacher, I will not send my heart, only one, do not mind. I really like your class and I'm glad to meet you

6 - You are a good teacher. You teach well. Thank you.

7 - Teacher you are very good ! I like you soo much ! Your class is very fun ! I will study English forever,and I will see English movie and book ! Hope to see you again ! Bye-bye !

8 - Thank you teacher. It's very good.

9 - I like teaching humorous teaching

10 - Thank you, teacher, I love you, By 。

11 - thanks you very much!

In number 5 you can see that she mentions she only sent one heart and apologizes for it. That's because the kids can rate me after class on a 1 to 5 heart scale, and she accidentally gave me a 1 heart rating, a small matter.

The weird thing about all of these is that they don't overly enthuse me. When I first started teaching I thought that loving testimonials would be the thing to get, what I would want and what would motivate me, but it doesn't seem to work that way. I like the fact that I'm helping some kids in the only two ways that you can help kids, you can motivate them and/or teach them (you can also prevent them from death and injury as much as possible, but that's not part of this job).

What enthuses me more is critical discussion rather than approval. I'm not sure where to go with that insight, but it seems important.

6/25/18 Update

As an addendum, I have three more comments to add.

1 - Thankyou for the class.I learn many things.

2 - Hello, Teacher Jeff! Jerry really likes your class and hopes to see you again soon!

3 - Good standards in English, I like it

7/17/18 Update

And another update.

1 - Thank u my teacher. i will go on working. i expect that we will have a good time next time. see u.

2 - verywellthankyou

It still astounds me that I haven't received a single bad review yet. I've been teaching English online for more than 2 years now. Eventually it seems like it just has to happen.


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