Testimonials from students

"As for me, the favorite memory of my first year at JUFE is having foreign teachers' lessons, especially Lopate's lessons. He is totally different than some other teachers. He regards the students as the most important part of his class. Considering the students' health(y). No matter who feels uncomfortable in the class, Lopate will let him go home to have a rest. While some other teacher forbids any studeng being absent from his class, ignoring what students feel. What's more, Lopate acts more like a father not a teacher, he really loves his students. For instance, if you get up late and don't have enough time for breakfast, he'll run to his room and bring some fruits and cakes for you. He is a teacher that really takes good care of his students. As a teacher, Lopate also has a talent in teaching. In his class, if some of us feel a little sleepy for some reason, he'll find out and play some funny videos. What he does can really make us full of energetic again. However, some teachers will give a small punishment to the students who feel sleey in his class. As a result, in Lopate's lessons, I can learn a lot with a happy mood. What's more, he is really a funny person. He often makes some funny jokes to make his students laugh happily while having classes. Considering we aren't so familiar with English as they do, he'll slow down the speed when he is talking to his students. Lopate can speak slowly and clearly, so most of us can understand him.

"It's a pity that he'll not teach us any longer next term. I really love him. I'm looking forward to being a friend of him forever."

Liu Chen, International Accounting 153A, Spring Semester, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, Writing class 1

Ok, I' ve learned all those lessons you' ve taught me, I know you are a very caring teacher, and very smart as well. You do care about us students , but at the same time you want us to work hard and to be honest , and you want us to be successful, and you are so smart that you can see through everything. So I've learned all those lessons and I will never again not turn in my work. "James", Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, Nanchang, China, 2015

To be honest, you are the first foreign teacher who answer my email so quickly.Our last writing teacher never give us homework and always play with us during the class. I think your class is more useful for us. I promise I will finish your homework on time. Thank you so much teacher. I come from Beijing,my family is far away from me. My father always be serious with me,after I arrive in Nanchang he seldom sends message to me,when I cell him and told him I was tired and missing my home, he just said do not think more study is the most important thing for you. 

In school you always smile to us ,You are funny and always kind just like our friend, I ENJOY YOUR CLASS. But our foreign teacher is changed every semester, so I am not sure whether you can teach us next semester, but I feel we are lucky to meet you, no matter what happens in the future we still be your students and your friends. YOU ARE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER FOREIGN TEACHER. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Rita Shi Runxin, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, Nanchang, China, 2015


"I appreciate that you said I could be a great leader, and I do find myself leading others in other things except school. Not sure why I can't do the same, but I am going to work on finding the hardworking person I know I am. Thank you, Mr. Lopate." - Randy C., BCC, 2014 (two semesters)

"... I also did want to say that I have recommended you as a professor to all of my friends because of the fact that you have really made things very simple, and you're very easy-going. Everything you have given us made sense, and you completely gave me time for the other 4 classes I take. I really want to thank you for that and very much appreciated it and everything else that you have made simple. And also one more thing: whoever dropped the class made a VERY BIG TIME MISTAKE. " Adelina J., BCC, 2014

"...I just wanted to  take the time and say thank you. Thank you for everything that you have done for me. I really appreciate everything that you have done for me and caring about me as an  individual. You have helped me realize certain things about myself that seemed so confusing at one point and became clearer the next. I  truly believe that I will never meet anyone else like you...the  one and only Mr. Lopate." - Vanessa P., BCC, Lincroft, NJ, 2013


" Professor, thank you for a great semester. Of all my years as a student, I've had few teachers that do as much as you do for your students. 


I've learned a lot from your class and my writing has really started to develop into something special even though I still have a long way to go. Thank you again." - Bryan F., BCC, Lincroft, NJ, 2013

"My dear English professor, you are surely a extraordinary person. Thank you for caring--I can really see how much you actually do care about your students. 'Y'all ain't never goin have a teacher like me again'; something along those lines. My eyes are open." Caner C., BCC, Lincroft, NJ, 2013


"Thank you so much for sending the books. Sorry it took so long for my response, the holiday break was hectic and I spent most of my free time completely vacating my brain.
The Famous Books was extremely helpful for my Shakespeare final since I got to write about Hamlet. I really enjoyed reading the articles on Gulliver's Travels and Nietzsche as well. Thank you for being an awesome person." - Jesse H., JSU, Jacksonville, AL, 2012


"When you were a professor @ Snead State, I had the honor of being your student in English 101. I remember talking to you because one day I felt so overwhelmed due to lack of family support. My family never understood the value of education, and my father can't even read.


I think back to those times when you said 'If you say you can't, you won't.' Every time I have had enough of college, work, and life situations, I keep pushing myself knowing that someday I will finish college, and if the only person that comes to my graduation is my son and myself, that's fine with me.


All that being said, I just wanted to say 'Thank You.' I will be graduating with a pre-law degree in the spring of 2012, and I am working on admissions for law school." Jessica G., Guntersville, AL, 2011

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