Haha, What kind of funny title is that you ask? Well it kinda explains my day today. Or was SUPPOSED to be MY day!
TODAY was kinda a BIG deal for me and even though I don’t have pictures to show you…not yet, it’s too soon seeing as there are security cameras EVERYWHERE and I didn’t know if I should be snapping pictures. So many interesting things I would love to be able to share and show you…
TODAY I taught my first English class! That’s right, so exciting! I went to one of the larger public schools today and taught two English classes. It was supposed to be two forty minute classes with forty students in each class of Grade 3! A little overwhelming I know! BUT at the last minute the teacher called and changed the class topic after I was all prepared, and I really didn’t know what the class dynamics were gonna be. So… off I went excited BUT nervous!
It was so much FUN!!!! My two classes were: 1st class– 20 students of mixed Grades 1,2 and 3 and 2nd class – 7 students of mixed Grades 4,5 and 6.
I have been hoping to do a little teaching this year, actually private tutoring would be my preference since David’s schedule varies BUT this is a process to a means. Or so my Chinese friends will say.
They have been very helpful taking me to a few schools making the introductions, translating through the discussions with Chinese English teachers and principals, helping me find a place, a good fit, in one of the schools. Explaining that I would love to volunteer when it is convenient for me, mainly because I can’t or don’t really want to commit right now to a regular schedule….and who know what else they say…( have you ever had someone translate for you? It seems to take more words than you expressed!)
Many Chinese parents see English speaking as something VERY important for their kids and will hire a private tutor over and above the hours these kids study English in school. Conversation is so important. To learn English from a native English speaking person is the BEST way, and so foreign teachers are in high demand. For me, teaching in a large public school is a perfect way to interact with the kids, get a feel for what level I would really like to work with, and meet teachers and parents. Already I may have a lead to some private tutoring. We’ll see…
But TODAY was wonderful and scary, and fun at the same time! I was nervous yet felt I was ready for the whole experience. I especially LOVED the second class of older students because they know more and teaching them was so much fun! I am very thankful for the opportunity because sometimes you can only do these kinds of things if you know the right people. I am so thankful for my sweet Chinese friends!
I wanted to share my exciting adventure, but sorry no pictures today…JUST not possible 😦 ok, just two! David actually snapped a couple pics from our apartment of me waiting for my drive 😀