Archive for September 27th, 2005

Update on the Class

27 September 05

So the class went okay. I think it is actually easier teaching a class of 35 than just 2 or 3. We spent the whole class just doing introductions. With more students the time passes quickly, so you really have to be organized and aware of the time. I think it will be easier to do activities with a big group.

The students all speak some English, although with a huge range in ability. It will take me forever to remember all of their names, so next class we are going to do some kind of game to practice names. The problem I see a lot in China is that the style of teaching and learning is very much teacher-oriented. The teacher stands before the class and recites and the students listen. I do not think there is very much interaction. As a result, the students don’t really know how to take initiative and don’t always understand the concept of games and activities. Since I want this to be a speaking & pronunciation class, I am just going to have to get them motivated to talk. It wasn’t a problem today, everyone seemed excited.

BTW – they have chosen English names and some of them went crazy and chose things like Shrek, Eagle, and Cloud.


Miscellaneous Afternoon Thoughts

27 September 05

WOW, my office this morning is freezing. I don’t know how I am going to concentrate on lessons when all my energy is taken up in shivering. There is no AC control that I can find, so I am just gonna have to suffer it out. The good news is that I am feeling better. Whatever sort of bug I had, I guess I got rid of him. However, bad news for DH. He says that for about two days now he has felt some sort of “little smurf” or “little man” inside his stomach, trying to kick his way out. I have to admit I know the feeling. It is unusual for DH, though, because he can pretty much eat anything. Aww the joys of eating new foods….

I’ve just found out that the Aviation English teachers want me to give a speaking class to 35 students 2 times per week. I am supposed to start today, in one hour. When I asked for time to prepare lessons and activities, they told me that all I had to do was stand in front of the class and talk, that the students need to listen to a correct English accent. ?! How is that supposed to help them speak better English? One of the biggest problems in this school is communication problems between the Western flight instructors and the students. I wanted to prepare conversational and speaking activities for the students, but I am not sure how to go about it.

I am not sure how I feel about this. I have no preparation. I have no time to even think. I guess it will be fine, but I do not like to feel unprepared.