Re: Any news from China?
- Hey Tim,
I'm Justin. I live in Chongqing City and teach at Chongqing Normal
University. As far as teaching English, we all have vastly
different assignments. Some of us teach high school students, some
of us teach university non-english majors, some of us (myself
included here) teach university english majors. also, the subjects
we teach and our methodology vary widely depending on ourselves, our
students, and what our schools ask of us.
I don't think you should feel like it's equivalent to teaching in an
american university. first of all, the students mostly don't speak
english wonderfully as it is not their native language. some
students speak no english whatsoever. i teach some of the most
advanced university students and sometimes i feel like i'm teaching
much younger students because of the communication barrier. you
will not likely be lecturing on the finer points of british
literature, but more likely teaching students how to communicate
effectively, how to write clear sentences, letters, and how to read
and understand passages. i've been working on getting my students
to do introductions, to argue effectively, to use english in a
professional setting, and to have confidence when speaking. this is
for my oral class. i also teach a cinema class in which i try to
get my students to understand real spoken english and the cultural
context it's used in. the peace corps staff is also wonderful and
seems to be very good about placing people at schools that match
their abilities and backgrounds.
all of us have very, very different experiences, and hopefully some
others can add to what i've said and correct anything they feel is
untrue for them.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "q_timong" <q_timong@y...> wrote:
> Happy new year! Hope you all are having a good break. The
> Chinese New Year celebrations should be fun.
> I got a question about English teaching. I've done ESL teaching
> before, but I'm not comfortable about university-level teaching.
> What kind of English teaching do the PCVs do in China? Is it more
> like the English classes in the US (Literature, Creative writing,
> etc) or it more like traditional ESL or EFL?
> --- In email@example.com, maria calisto <mariacalisto@y...>
> > Tim,
> > Merry Christmas from the land of noodles, rice and
> > many other delicious things. Our first semester is
> > winding down, and all the pcvs are eagerly awaiting
> > IST (In Service Training) in Gansu province at the end
> > of January to meet up again!
> > I will tell you a little about my neck of the woods,
> > and please take it as just that. Volunteers are spread
> > out all over the place, each one with their own unique
> > experience. My husband and I are teaching at a
> > university of about 20,000 in Mianyang, Sichuan
> > Province. I teach environment english and he teaches
> > english (oral and writing). There are lots of other
> > foreigners here, which is a bit unusual, and our
> > living conditions are really confortable. Downtown is
> > just 30 min. away, and you can get nearly everything
> > there. Including McDonald's of course.
> > We know enough chinese to get by, although peace corps
> > is paying for a tutor. And teaching has definatly been
> > a roller coaster ride... but very rewarding and
> > enlightning. Hope everything is well in the good old
> > US of A.
> > Merry Christmas
> > Maria
> > --- q_timong <q_timong@y...> wrote:
> > >
> > > Just wondering how the PCVs are doing in their
> > > assignments? I'm
> > > hoping to join you folks next year.
> > >
> > > Tim
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
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