Ve škole působí několik rodilých mluvčí. Conrad učí v IX.A zeměpis. Snahy, aby zhodnotil své působení na škole, se až do včerejška míjely účinkem.
Pane řediteli, haleluja,
Conrad napsal (viz příloha). Hezký den, Z. Lebedová
Jak je to možné? Jednoduše se mu poslaly otázky a on odpověděl
Co Vás v české škole příjemně překvapilo a
co naopak nepříjemně?
Pokuste se porovnat úroveň znalostí českého a
Jaké jsou nevýraznější rozdíly mezi českým a
britským základním školstvím.
Co byste na českém školství rozhodně změnil?
Co Vám v Českém školství nejvíce komplikuje
život, na co jste doma nebyl zvyklý?
Myslíte si, že český žák zdravě sebevědomý, nebo
má tendenci se podceňovat.
Pociťuje nějaké rozdíly ve vztahu učitel x žák
v českém a britském školství?
Jak se Vám spolupracuje s českými učiteli?
Jak se Vám líbí naše škola?
Could you please answer these questions?
anything surprise you at
Czech schools? Was it a
pleasant or unpleasant surprise?
Before I came to live in the Czech Republic, I taught
English at high schools in England and Scotland. It wasn't always the easiest
of jobs. There are a lot of reasons for that but one of the main reasons has to
be the behaviour of the students. It's true that most of the time the majority
of students will be friendly and well behaved, wherever you teach in the world;
but the greatest surprise for me teaching in the Czech Republic has been the
behaviour of the students. They are all friendly, polite and obedient. It seems
as if they enjoy school more than British kids do. They seem happier.
you compare the level of knowledge of a Czech and British student?
I would not say that there is a great difference between the
level of knowledge of a Czech Student and a British Student. I believe
education is much broader than people think most of the time. Kids learn at
home, in the playground, on the weekends, at the dinner table. They learn
everywhere. In general Czech people seem well educated, intelligent and
knowledgable. This is reflected in the classroom; I am often surprised by how
much my Czech students know, especially because – when they are talking to me –
they are also talking about what they know in a foreign language. In fact, in
terms of language alone, I would say that Czech kids know far more than British
kids. We are not a nation of linguists. We're quite lazy in that area.
are the main differences between the Czech and British educational
The Czech school system still confuses me. We use the words
Primary, Elementary and Secondary school in Britain, but they refer to
different levels. Also, all the year groups are given different names (Year 7
to Year 11 is from 12 years old to 16 years old, for example) and in Britain,
kids begin school (in full uniform!) much earlier than in CZ at 4 years old,
which I believe is too young.
would you definitely change about the Czech educational system?
I think that if the Czech education system relied less on
text books and more on creative topic presentation, video and interactive
teaching, that would be an improvement. Some of the English textbooks used in
Czech Schools (but produced in Britain) are not very good at all. They cover
all the right sort of stuff, just in a really boring, uninspiring way. This is
the reason I do not use them in my classes, if I can help it!
makes your life complicated at Czech schools? Something you weren´t used
to at home.
Nothing really. I think my teaching job was much more
complicated back in England. The amount of administration (most of it useless)
that I was expected to do was crazy!
you think that Czech students are self-confident or do they have a
tendency to underestimate themselves?
It's true that there is a tendency for kids and teenagers to
underestimate themselves, but I don't think it's a particularly Czech thing. I
think there is a pretty even balance of confident kids and kids who lack
confidence in Czech Schools. It is clear to me, however, that in general Czech
people are very modest. I've never heard any Czech person tell me that their
English is good, even when it is perfect!
there any differences in the student-teacher relationship between Britain
and the Czech Republic?
I think in Britain, we have become paranoid and fearful
about the relationship between teachers and students, to a very negative
degree. We are afraid to criticise too much, to praise too much or too little
or simply to talk to kids about anything personal which may be bothering them.
I think the relationship between teachers and students in CZ is much more
natural. I also believe that, in Czech schools, kids still have a good level of
respect for teachers, they are taught to be polite, stand at the beginning of a
lesson and do the tasks that they are asked to do without complaining about it.
That's a real joy for me. In the UK I often spent far too much of my time
simply trying to get my students to do some work!
the cooperation like with the Czech teachers?
My experience with Czech teachers has been excellent. They
are welcoming, enthusiastic to work with me, helpful and kind. It has been a
great pleasure for me to work with these people and I admire them greatly.
you like our school?
I like your school very much. I look forward to the classes
because the kids are so friendly and I like the way they greet me when I come
into the class. All the teachers have been very patient with me, especially
when I forget which classroom is on which floor! We have been treated very well
indeed and it's been a pleasure working with the teachers and the students. I
will miss you all when we finish!