We are presenting the next unique story of our series #LifeatBSU. Today's guest is our Mongolian Language teacher Mr.Damdinsuren.
Q1. Good morning, Could you tell our readers about yourself?
My name is Damdinsuren and I have been working at BSU for the 10th year and it is my 20th year of being part of an educational institution. Since its opening in 2012, I have spent every moment teaching Mongolian language and Mongolian Literature to the students aiming to guide the students of the British school to master the Mongolian language perfectly.
Q2. Please share your method of teaching the Mongolian language to the children who grew up abroad.
The BSU is an international school. It is not unusual for Mongolian children to be raised in the foreign countries and therefore they feel uncomfortable speaking, writing, and reading in Mongolian language. I believe that whether parents speak Mongolian to each other or to their child directly affects the level of the child's ability. Similarly, how quickly the level of Mongolian language improves heavily depends on the parents' support towards the student. In my twenty years of experience, the child learns most successfully when the teacher, student, and parents work together. That's why I like to give my students assignments to do with their parents.
Q3. Could you tell us about teaching the Mongolian language to foreign children?
I have twenty years of experience teaching Mongolian to foreign citizens. Our foreign students learn to read and write very quickly. Children whose parents plan to live in Mongolia for a long time are especially interested in learning Mongolian. In accordance with the age characteristics of the students, the Mongolian language is taught in a fun and effective way, through songs and art projects and eventually we organise the alphabet festival and the art festival.
One of the characteristics of BSU is that we try to teach Mongolian language lessons to foreign students separately. Foreign students in the first grade are taught the alphabet together with Mongolian children, while children who have moved to middle and high school are taught the alphabet separately. In addition to learning letters, they memorise common greetings, self-introductions, and short conversations such as what to do when taking a taxi, what to do when entering a restaurant, etc. They are very useful in children's daily life. It is wonderful to see my students learning Mongolian language and I come to work every day proudly and happily knowing that we all have our input to make a better future for our children and for our country.