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McKinney Auto Glass Tales

The world is full of wonderful examples of people who succeed against all odds. For example, if you ever have an opportunity to visit McKinney in the northern part of Texas, you will hear the true tale of an immigrant who succeeded where many thought he would fail. The story is about a young man from a migrant class who did not even know how to speak any English. This is what makes the story so remarkable.

This young man decided to do something positive in his life and he began by enrolling in an English class. He had a variety of struggles including working full-time at a low-paying job, being constantly teased by his family and friends, and a limited level of education. However, he was determined to succeed and by the end of the English class, he was one of the top students.

Since he now knew how to communicate in English, he decided that his next step to success would be to learn a trade. There was an opening for an apprentice at McKinney Auto Glass. The owner of the company was a little bit apprehensive because of the man’s limited experience and education. However, the owner admired the man’s determination and therefore hired him as an apprentice.

After a very short period of time this energetic young man became very well acquainted with all aspects of the auto glass industry. The owner was able to take long vacations and leave this young man completely in charge of the business. As the owner was an older man, one day he decided to sell the business and retire.

The young apprentice really wanted to purchase the business but he did not have enough cash. However, the owner knew that the young man would be an excellent person to carry on the fine reputation that over the years McKinney Auto Glass had earned. He decided to sell the business to this young, enterprising man. He told the young man that he did not need to pay any money down for the business but rather pay in monthly installments. This would help the original owner with a steady monthly income during his retirement.

Can you imagine the excitement that this young apprentice had when discovering that he could purchase this profitable, established company? Yes, dreams can come true even if you are someone with very little education or someone who does not speak the local dialect.

Great Tips On Teaching English

If you’re interested in moving abroad for a job teaching English, you’ll likely find that it’s quite different than being a teacher or tutor for native speakers. However, before you move to start your new career, consider brushing up on some tips to help you become a better teacher. These aren’t the only ways to become successful, but they can certainly help your students learn the language.

Tip #1: Speak Entirely In English

If you’ve ever tried to learn another language, you know that it can be difficult, especially if you’re trying to go back and forth between your new and native tongues. Studies have shown that immersion classrooms are more successful, mostly because students are forced to switch their brains over to the new language. If your students are just beginners, they may have problems following along so make sure that you write down any necessary information, such as homework assignments. Students may need to look up a few words in a translation dictionary before they truly understand, and having the instructions written down will help ensure that they can complete the assignment at home.

Tip #2: Encourage Everyone To Speak Up

Instructors aren’t the only ones who should be talking throughout the class. Students should feel free to speak to each other, without worrying about being mocked for making a mistake. Learning a new language is difficult and everyone needs to actually say the words in order to be effective in their new language! Don’t let a few outspoken students run the class though. Teachers should make an effort to call on each student at least once a session to ensure that everyone is progressing as they should.

Tip #3: Require That Students Write In English

Have you ever met someone who’s fluent in another language, but they can’t read or write it? These are often people whose families speak other languages, but they learn another in school. To help your students become successful in all parts of speech, make sure they write, as well as read and speak in the new language.

Tip #4: Make Teaching English Fun

Your class will learn better when they’re having fun, even if they’re adults. Nothing will put your class to sleep faster than a dry, boring lesson. Instead, use games and other teaching gimmicks to make the lesson enjoyable for yourself and your class. Pictionary and charades are especially fun, as well as spelling bees and 20 questions. If you notice that your class prefers certain games to others, try to adapt them for different lessons. Or, ask your students to come up with their own game to teach the class — when they’re directly involved in their own education, they’ll be more likely to be successful.

These aren’t the only ways teachers can be successful when they’re teaching English to non-native speakers, but they’re certainly a good start. If you can, connect with others who are teaching English and work together to share ideas and strategies that will help you — and your class — to be successful.