B2 Reading Multiple Matching Exam 3
My favourite teacher
(A) Vinja Tekya chose Kim Yun Tae as her favourite teacher. He had been sent by the Tae Kwon Do federation in Korea to open a club in the Ivory Coast in Africa. She met him when she was about 13, and later became the country's first black belt. When he first arrived, he didn't know a word of French, so he used to demonstrate rather than explain. At the time when she and her brother started learning Tae Kwon Do, they used to fight like mad, but Kim taught them to stop fighting. He helped them to understand that fighting was about self-defence, not aggression. Tae Kwon Do taught her to control her anger, and control her body. It was very good for her memory, co-ordination and self-discipline, and helped her to learn a new philosophy. Later on, Kim opened a restaurant and then moved back to Korea. They had a very friendly relationship, but somehow she felt as if she had been a disappointment to him. He thought she had a future in the sport, but when she was 17, she had decided it was not what she wanted to do.
(B) Jenny Lamb chose her English teacher Miss Wells as her favourite teacher. She taught Jenny between the ages of 13 and 17, and was instrumental in her becoming an actress. Jenny had always been interested in acting, but her father, who was a driving examiner, never allowed her to be exposed to this art as a career. It was Miss Wells, who was loved by all the students, who told her about the National Youth Theatre, which was an organisation Jenny was unaware of. Then, about ten years after she left school, when she was with the Royal Shakespeare Company and playing fairly high-profile parts, she got a letter from Miss Wells saying she had been following her career with interest. Sadly, Jenny believes she never came to see her perform, or if she did, she certainly never came to see her backstage.
(C) Neyla Iqbal chose Alif Bakshi as her favourite teacher. He was the librarian for her father's newspaper in Pakistan, and because he was very well educated, her father had chosen him to be her tutor when she was 12. He would come to her house once a week to teach her, from the end of school until supper. He took her through a lot of history, but after a few lessons, she got bored, even though he was very funny and tried to do it in a humorous way. She complained to him and asked to learn more interesting material, so they discussed global issues and world literature, which she found much more interesting.
(D) Suzy Tan chose Barry Eden as her favourite teacher. He taught many subjects, but for one year he taught Suzy English. He was very peculiar, being very intense with thick glasses, and sometimes taught class standing on his head. He didn't believe in giving marks for grammar or punctuation, because he felt that the mechanics of writing were not important, if you had something to say. The year he taught her was one of the most creative years of her life. Once, when she wrote a short story for him, he simply wrote across the bottom that she should never give up writing. Those few words of support had a fantastic effect on her, in terms of wanting to write and be involved in writing. Barry Eden loved what he did and it showed.