February 29, 2024

Today, we have the pleasure of speaking with Shinoj Joy, an experienced educator who has ventured beyond borders to share his passion for the English language.

Shinoj’s teaching journey began at Jain University in Bangalore, India, laying the academic foundations for his career. Currently, as a foreign English teacher in Uzbekistan, Shinoj is dedicated to fostering language proficiency and intercultural learning among students in a new cultural setting at School Number 197 in the Uchtepa district. Let’s delve into his teaching experiences, inspirations, and observations as he navigates the diverse landscape of education in a foreign land.

Thank you for joining us today, Shinoj. Could you please share with us your previous teaching experience and qualifications that have prepared you for teaching English in our country?

– Absolutely. The weirdest things that have influenced me to become an English teacher are primarily my love for the language and the unique way in which I learned it. For me, English is not just about knowing the language, but delving into its literature. The in-depth knowledge and insights that I have gained from my various teachers throughout the years have greatly impacted me. I still maintain close relationships with my past teachers and often seek their advice for presentations or major programs. I believe that learning is a continuous process, and I am passionate about constantly improving my knowledge of the language.

What inspired you to come and teach English in our country?

– I aspired to become an international teacher, prompting me to seek opportunities outside my home country. The decision to teach abroad stems from my eagerness to gain exposure to diverse cultures and teaching practices. Having previously encountered a range of teaching methodologies in India, I welcomed the chance to immerse myself in a new educational setting. Since embarking on this journey, I have encountered a fresh perspective and a unique teaching experience. I approach this opportunity with an open mind, refraining from being overly critical and instead focusing on learning and observing the practices around me.

What kind of challenges have you faced, Have there been any particular positive or negative traits or attitudes that you have noticed in the students here?

– Currently, I am teaching the Cambridge syllabus, whereas previously, I taught the CBSE curriculum under the Central Board of Secondary Education. The transition between these two systems has been intriguing due to their differences. In comparison, the Cambridge syllabus seems to offer a more practical and relevant approach for students. One notable challenge I encounter here is the varying levels of student engagement. While many students display a high level of interest in the subject matter, I also notice a significant number who lack a clear sense of purpose in their studies. This diversity in student motivation poses a unique difficulty that I am working to address.

What cultural differences have you noticed in our country?
– Some cultural differences I have noticed in Uzbekistan include a strong sense of community and hospitality, an emphasis on traditions and respect for elders, and a beautiful blend of Eastern and Western influences in food, music, and art. One of the most important is Cuisine: Indian cuisine is known for its spicy flavors and variety of vegetarian dishes, while Uzbek cuisine has influences from Central Asia and the Middle East, with a focus on pilafs, kebabs, and bread.- Moreover Festivals: India celebrates a wide range of festivals across different religions and regions, while Uzbekistan celebrates traditional events like Navruz and Independence Day.

At the end of the interview, let me address you with the question: Do you have any thoughts or advice for other teachers coming to teach English in our country?

– My advice for other teachers coming to teach English in Uzbekistan would be to embrace the culture, be open-minded, and be prepared to adapt your teaching style to meet the needs of your students. Building relationships and understanding cultural differences will enhance your teaching experience and create a positive learning environment.

Thank you, Shinoj, for sharing your insights and experiences with us today. Your passion for teaching English and dedication to student growth are truly commendable.

– Thank you for the opportunity to share my journey and experiences with you today. I look forward to continuing to learn and grow alongside my students in this enriching cultural setting.

Interview conducted by Mustaqimova Binafsha Husanboy qizi
Student of the International Journalism Faculty, UzSWLU

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