Today we’re joined by the one and only, Mr. Stan Rath. Stan is one of CultureWorks’ powerhouses. He is a teacher, a curriculum developer, and a mentor to both teachers and students. If you want to learn something, I suggest you hang around Stan. I recently asked him some questions so you can get to know him a little better.
Q. Stan, who is your favourite Canadian musician?
A. Oscar Peterson is a world class jazz pianist. I listen to his music every day.
Q. What idiomatic expression best describes you and why?
A. I think “the best of both worlds” describes me well. I love to travel and meet people from different cultures, but I also love to stay close to home.
At CultureWorks, I experience the best of both worlds because I have many interesting students from a variety of cultures in the classroom, and I get to live in my hometown of London, Ontario.
Q. When you’re not teaching, what are you doing? Do you have any hobbies, and why do you like doing them?
A. When I’m not teaching, I am usually hiking or planning my next vacation. One of the best feelings for me is being close to nature, and my favourite way to do this is hiking in Algonquin Park here in Ontario.
I find traveling, seeing new places, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures very interesting. Two of my favourite countries that I have visited so far are India and Italy.
Q. You studied Biology before becoming a teacher. Do you think language is like science in any way? Do you draw from your scientific background in your approach to teaching?
A. I definitely think that language has scientific structure and rules, and I have found a scientific approach to teaching grammar and writing to be very effective. Many of my students have indicated that they benefit from using a formulaic approach when they practice using their vocabulary to build grammatically correct sentences.
Q. Lastly, for fun, if you could create a new word for the English language, what would it be and what would it mean?
A. gramtastic (adjective) definition: relating to the joy people feel when grammar unlocks doors to language learning
Gramtastic! I love it! Thanks so much for stopping by the Hotspot, I’ve really enjoyed learning more about you, and I know our CultureWorks students are lucky to have you as their teacher!