Mentor Community Spotlight: Aziz Soubai

I am extremely happy to take this course and I believe now that I’m a different EFL teacher because of that amazing learning journey!

Our spotlight this week is on Aziz Soubai. Aziz is a Mentor for Teach English Now! Foundational Principles

Share something about yourself 

I live in the south of Morocco. I’m an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher and an aspiring writer. And I have a huge interest in online learning and teaching

What was your first Coursera course, how did you find out about it and why did you decide to take it?

My first Coursera course was Shaping The Way We Teach English. I think I found out about that course through a Facebook page and I was extremely happy to have that amazing learning opportunity. The course – which was my first online learning experience – was very well-structured and I was able to meet and interact with English teachers and educators worldwide through the discussion forums and the public Facebook group. I believe now that I’m a different EFL teacher because of that amazing learning journey!

What’s your favorite Coursera course and why?

My favorite course is Teach English Now! created by Arizona State University. It is in fact a specialization composed of 8 courses which are mainly about effective English language instruction. This includes different teaching approaches, using technology in the class, designing detailed lesson plans, motivating learners and even being able to micro teach and getting feedback from teachers around the world. After course completion and the last capstone project I will receive a TESOL certificate from the ASU which will be a tremendous achievement for me.

What impact have Coursera courses had on your life?

Coursera courses have an incredible impact both on my personal and professional life. Thanks to those courses I’m now a happy successful language teacher. I think I learnt a lot -and I’m still learning – about the teaching profession and how to face daily classroom challenges through courses like Teach English Now, Shaping The Way We Teach English and many more on the way. Also, I was able to see how English is taught in many different places like India, USA and Egypt. This awareness helped me to see the profession with different lens and to recognize the importance of learning together or cooperative learning. This online togetherness encouraged me to share my worries and classroom practices with very experienced language educators and pushed me to work hard to improve my teaching skills to be able to move to the next level.

This awareness helped me to see the profession with different lens and to recognize the importance of learning together or cooperative learning

What do you enjoy most about Mentoring?

I enjoy mentoring because I’m a teacher and I know what learners feel when they meet a certain difficulty or problem. So, mentoring to me is a very beautiful humane experience. I’m trying to put myself in their shoes and to envision what’s going on in their minds to be able to help them and trigger their interest because that’s the most important part for me.

Motivating learners and reacting to their questions, comments – even the ones which appear silly or unimportant – through positive feedback will enable them to go through the course successfully.