Teaching is one of the most rewarding activities I have experienced in my life. Over the years I have taught a variety of subjects but English as a Second Language is one field that I find I relate to most closely.
I grew up in a household where my first language was Estonian. I clearly remember the day my mother took me by the hand to a big red brick building. I was five and my sixth birthday was right around the corner. Leaving me to sit alone in the hallway within hearing range of the school principal's office, I could hear my mother arguing with him. At the time I didn't understand the words but I knew my mother was very adamant about something. Years later I realized she was speaking in her broken English determined to have me to go into kindergarten rather than grade one.