My First Class was First Class!
Trip Start Oct 07, 2012
45Trip End Dec 14, 2012
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What an awesome class – the students are lovely - I so enjoyed teaching them. When I told them they were my first class in China – they all clapped and cheered!
I was told they can understand written English better than spoken so asked to speak slowly to the class. I asked them to let me know if I talked too fast and planned to back up what i had to say with a presentation and writing on the board...
For various reasons I wasn’t able to use the overhead projector, so ended up writing (and drawing) TONS more than expected on the blackboard - got absolutely covered in chalk dust!I
They didn't seem to know what i meant by browser, (i had been planning to demonstrate these things such as "use right click to view source" - I had to improvise.... I drew a browser window on the board - it helped a lot and we all laughed when I drew a pc mouse so I could point to left and right click saying "click click" – but they got it!
When I asked questions - they understandably seemed a bit apprehensive at first but were soon fine – in fact it was great they shouted out answers together.
At break I asked if they would like to see pictures of my home (when i can use the projector), they seemed keen – perhaps they can include the images into their web pages.
Zhao also sat in class, afterwards said I teach them well and they will learn fast – I really hope so. I need time to look at the software they are using and get used to the links in Chinese so I can help them more.
After class Zhao took me to the canteen to get lunch, this time we ate downstairs – it was busy
but really nice the way staff and student mixed and the way students just filled in places in the tables – none of this “oh I can’t sit there as there are other people at that table”! so I just squeezed in between two others and sat opposite Zhao.
After that we went to get my university card – it proved a bit of a problem for staff as my name isn’t Chinese - Zhao helped me, communication between us can be difficult – but we get by- her English is OK (and so much better than my Chinese).
Next Zhao took me to see where the shops are, they are all very handy, as are the canteens, she took me in a shop; I had to ask her what half the items were! I got some water, peanuts – will list some prices here next time. Then she took me to a fruit stall – down a cool wee street of
It’s still hot still here (mid 20’s)– I am roasting but they are all wearing jumpers here, some even have umbrellas up to shelter from sun and are still wearing jumpers! I feel I have to wear a jumper to fit in!
After that she took me back to my accommodation. I said goodbye – I think we will meet later
in the week – I hope so – she is very nice.
My internet connection was restored– it’s good to be in touch! However lack of sleep was
making me dizzy.
Of course I had to test for myself to see if Facebook was really blocked – it is! I could have got
a VPN but read even that’s not reliable – anyway I am not bothered – so long as I can keep in touch.
Got nearly 2 hours sleep :o)
Then up again and now blogging! What a mess my blogs were in – think I’d been tired or something!
Hope you enjoyed my waffling!