What I like about him is that he is great to be with and the proof is sure the happy times we had together on trips to Meibod for three months…his generosity, punctuality, and a a strong personality make him outstanding among my co-workers….let’s know more about Mr.Rafee….
Dear Mahdi..hi and thank you for your time for MOFIDILI.com ! Please introduce yourself a bit more.
First of all, thank you. It’s my pleasure to introduce myself and I appreciatively take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am Mahdi Rafee. I was born on a hot and sunny day, Tir 25th, 1366 in San Francisco (kidding) in Yazd and I’ve lived here my whole life. I’m so outgoing and try to be open with everyone. I was pretty much on the happy side of life as a kid and teenager but like most teens I had “days of”. I mean I had some sad days or depressed days. OK To make a long story short, I am a graduate in electrical engineering. I still live with my parents which means I’m free. (Single and not married). As I said, I didn’t study English at university. I started to learn English when I was 13 years old. I went to a language school. At first, I wanted to learn English just for that term (the summer season) but I was captivated by the atmosphere and especially my first teacher there, dear Mr. Baghian, who had a significant role to make me so enthusiastic to learn English. It never crossed my mind at that time that I’d be an English teacher one day. After finishing all terms there, I moved to the ILI to continue learning of English. After the placement test and an interview (my today’s co-worker, Mrs. Jalalian, interviewed me) I was admitted for High 3. I passed High 3, Ad 1 and Ad 2 with Mr. Bagheri, Mr. Derakhshanfar and Mr.Mirhosseini. (All the bests!). A while later, the turning point in my English learning happened. I had the chance to be the student of an outstanding, exceptional, “fantabulous”, terrific, out of this world teacher who is a little far in distance but so close in my heart these days. Yeah, I mean Dr. Golshan. He had a beneficial and profound effect on me. I learned a lot from him during his classes. I passed Advanced 3, Advanced 4 and TOEFL courses with him. Being an English teacher today, it’s just because of him or it’s better to say that I owe my success in English to him. He introduced a lot of English books and references to me and after going through them, I tried hard to boost my knowledge. I started to teach English in 1387 when I was 21 years old. OK, I think that’s enough for now and it’s the end of my story.
Hopefully not the end!!! It is Just The Start!!! Which levels do you teach at the ILI Mr.Rafee?
Well, as I’m a newcomer here at the ILI, I teach Basic and Elementary levels for now. I’m hoping to make significant progress every day and in this case, I’m open to follow the advice of more experienced teachers like you.
Well Thanks 🙂 …Have you ever thought of another career?
Actually, I’m an electrical engineer as I studied electrical engineering at university but I love teaching. Teaching is not a temporary job for me. It’s an inseparable part of my life.
What is a perfect student in your view?
To be perfectly frank, I don’t like students who are bone idle. I think the best students are those who come to class well prepared and those who have an avid interest in learning.
So I think you are not alone with this attitude!! Tell us about your best co worker at the ILI Mr. Rafee, please!
Fortunately, I keep the company with most of them and I cannot say the best because they all are the best but if I want to name someone, I can say that I forge a closer relationship with Dr. Golshan, you (Mr. Mofidi), Mr. Nekokar, Mr. Mozafar and Mr. Sadeghianzadeh.
Pleasure is mine sir! Do you prefer to teach high and advanced levels?
It really makes no difference to me which level I’m teaching. I always want to be the best and I want to perform my duties as well as possible. Therefore, I try to be energetic and appear enthusiastic in my classes.
You said you taught at other institutes ,too. Is teaching at the ILI a change for the better ?
As a person who has taught at more than 8 or 9 institutes in Yazd, I should say that the ILI is so systematic and everything is clear for students and teachers. Therefore, the teachers and students don’t waste their time during classes and everything follows the schedule. The ILI attaches great importance to punctuality and I like it.
Well we try to be so!Do you have any hobbies dear Mahdi!?
Yeah, I have some. Playing and watching soccer, reading, surfing (actually surfing the Net not waves) and listening to music are my hobbies and these days, thanks to a nice athletic man,( who? Yeah, you’re right, I mean Mr. Mofidi) hiking and mountain climbing are among my hobbies.
Wow ! May be “athletic” is not the right word ..but thanks…yes , I love nature ! Do you see movies, too?
Yeah, as a matter of fact I try to watch at least two movies during the week.
What is your favorite movie?
“Mr. Brooks”, “The Reader”, “The Gladiator”, “The professional” and “Troy” are my favorite movies up to now…
Which post of MOFIDILI.com do you recommend English students to read?
To be honest, all the posts are useful and informative but the newly formed posts Online Chat and Online Help are highly recommended.
I agree with you there! Thanks a lot and again thank you for your time and favor!
It was really my honor to be your guest here.You’re one of my best friends and co-workers but in all honesty and willing to tell it like it is you’re one of the best teachers because you LOVE your job and you’re so eager, I mean eager with capital E.In the end, I wish you and your family success and happiness.
That’s very kind of you sir! Thanks for your time !!
P.S. I LOVE you, all the readers of this interview.