“The Art of Difficulty”

By: Teacher Ruth C. Inocentes /


Not easy; requiring much work to do – this is how Merriam – Webster Dictionary defines the word which I always hear not just from my students but from my colleagues as well; but I do admit that I also speak the word every now and then in doing something that challenges me – teaching TOEIC in particular. For some people, to say the word denotes weakness or lack of confidence. Even so, the word difficult has left a great deal of impact in my teaching career. I learned to get out of my comfort zone, break some boundaries, and take pleasure and satisfaction in the outcome of my hard work – great success or not – while making the most out of it. These are the lessons that I want to pass on to my students. My heart’s desire is to encourage them to dare themselves in studying the TOEIC course. I want them to overcome their fear in learning the English language, boost their confidence, and discover their capabilities that they’ve never thought they have.

If you’re one of those people that wants the betterment in learning English, then do something now before it’s too late. Start from having a purpose. Ask yourself – “Why do I need to learn English?” Then recognize your potencies – “Can I do it? Is it too difficult or too easy for me?” Whether your answer is “yes” or “no”, remember that the degree of difficulties you’ll encounter depends on how you judge their importance or value. Don’t hold back. You don’t have to be good “right away” to start, but you have to start now if you really want to be good at learning the English language. No matter how hard it is, bear in mind, “all things are difficult before they are easy, right?”