Day 5 First Day of Class
Today was my first day teaching English as a foreign language. I have greatly underestimated school teachers—it is a lot of work! Our day started at 8:45am with the first class; each class is 45 minutes long & there are five classes every day. Since it was the first day, we did introductions. I showed the students a lot of pictures of Los Angeles, my family, pets, hobbies, movies, favorite food, etc. (I taught them how to say “enchilada”). The classrooms don’t have strong air conditioning (unfortunately), so with the humid weather + 45 people in a small classroom, it was absolutely baking in there. I felt a bit nervous before the first class, but luckily all went quite well. The necessary energy and voice projection drained me by the third class. Luckily, the school schedule in China includes a fifteen minute break between each class, plus a three hour lunch/nap between the third and fourth class (Yes!). We ate lunch at the cafeteria (cafeteria food…Chinese version), and then caught the shuttle back to our hotel for our nap—naps in the middle of your work day are such great ideas! I definitely needed a siesta to escape the humid weather. The fourth and fifth class were my favorite of the day because the kids are a lot more energetic and willing to participate (thanks to that nap!).
The picture above is my last class of the day; all of our students are 13-16 years old. There is a young girl in particular who caught my attention, her name is Sally. She was in my fourth class of the day (which was my toughest class because the computer and projector weren’t working), and was the one who participated the most when we asked students to share their hobbies, favorite music, etc. She said she sings and plays guitar, and listens to Taylor Swift. Her English was quite good—her teachers told me she is from Shanghai, which helped in developing her vocabulary because there are a lot of English speakers in Shanghai due to the tourism. She came up to me after class to say that the class was fun and entertaining, and she asked me to write my email in her journal—I felt so flattered! I am looking forward to the next few weeks; I am teaching stories to help develop their oral/pronunciation skills. I hope they like fables.
I’m considering learning how to become a teacher I’m considering TESOL courses at a Sydney Tafe. It would help fund my travels and also give me an opportunity to improve my foreign language skills as well as immerse myself into local culture.
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