Lilit Odabashyan

Teacher of Language and Literature

Education

  • MA in German Philology, Yerevan State University, Armenia

Bio
I am originally from Dilijan but starting from 16 I moved to Yerevan for university and then travelled several times to Germany for exchange programmes. Since April 2014 I started my PhD programme at Goethe-University Frankfurt but came back to Armenia and got a job offer from UWC Dilijan College as a German language and literature teacher.

What is the favourite part of the course you teach?
My favourite part of the German ab initio course is the preparation for the oral exam because this is the time when the students start to actively use the language in oral form and start to be proud of themselves because they realise that they can speak in German.

In the literature course I like discussing the books, when the students bring their arguments and try to analyse the text based on their own understanding.

Which teaching method you prefer and why? 
I prefer introducing an idea but then giving the students a chance to research it on their own. That is more student-centred method but sometimes I intervene when I see that they need my help. I like to hear students' suggestions about organising our lessons and their constructive ideas.

What advice would you give to a student of your subject?
When I was a student the most important advice for me was to take responsibility for myself, my actions, my courses. There are of course mentors and teachers who will help but if you start to feel that from now on you have to take care of everything, it will help you a lot later in the university.

Who is your role model or mentor or who inspires you?
To be honest I do not have a role model at the moment. Life is the best teacher for me to move forward.

What is your life motto?
Carpe Diem.

What are the three things you can't imagine your life without?
I cannot imagine my life without my phone, chocolate and nature.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to sit in the fresh air and drink coffee, I like to read and to swim.