Evan's First Class

Trip Start May 05, 2012
Trip End Mar 01, 2013

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Flag of China  , Tianjin Shi,
Friday, May 18, 2012

Tonight I (Evan) taught my first class. It was a PCA (Parent Child Activity) class and thankfully it went much better than the one I described form last week. Eight of the class turned up with Mum's in tow and after getting over the shock of a new face they were all pretty well behaved and happy to repeat most of the key words after me. We started with simple hellos and most of them were able to say "Evan" better than most of the adults I have introduced myself to in the last week or so!

We went through People at Work and the kids ended up making dice with pictures of the different jobs we were learning about. The kids are very cute when they are trying to say the words and they all love high-fives (though I suspect it has something to do with the opportunity to legitimately hit the teacher!). The lesson ended with the dice being thrown all over the place and all (hopefully) the kids learning what a "Police Officer"/"Fire fighter" etc are. On a side note it was almost surreal having a class of kids salute at the word Police Officer; very different culture here!

It was great to finally have a go at teaching a class for myself. I was extremly nervous before hand but I think it all turned out okay. Tomorrow I have another PCA and this time we get to watch Toy Story, how awesome is that!

Steph's turn to teach her first class tomorrow, we will update how she gets on when we have a moment - busy weekend ahead.

On a side note our Mandarin lessons are progressing really well. We are really benefiting from having classes 5 days a weeks (as opposed to the standard 2 lessons a week that the other teachers are getting). We can now tell time, read/tell a date and give directions to taxi drivers. However the best phrases so far have been ting bu dong - I don't understand - and ting zher [ting jher] or ting naer [ting naar] - stop here and stop there respectively. Both are vital for taxi trips!

We will be conversing with the locals in no time!
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Debbie on

Dont forget to teach them "O" for Awesome..Sounds like the classes will be more fun than work, glad to hear the first one went well. Good luck Steph! x

carol on

I am hugely impressed, with your latent teaching skills and your talent for language, specifically Chinese!!!
Keep it up!

Gramz on

Well done Evan - yes you are Awesome! xx

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