We began the day with mixed emotions. We are to complete a week’s joint venture working with local teachers, and we will celebrate its completion. The week flew by fast. Suddenly, it’s been just too short, and I realized that I’ve developed a link to the teachers. I have a better rapport with them, and we’re making good progress. Then, it’s wrap-up time.
We begin as strangers on the first day.
The teachers’ pronunciation has shown definite improvements. But, because of their somewhat limited vocabulary capacity, we’ll need to work on their ability to carry on conversations. So our exercises this morning focused on spelling, vocabulary, and pronunciation. We introduced a delicious study of various American restaurant menus such as Denny’s and IHOP, to introduce to the class food vocabulary. We topped it off with many eye-opening (to several class members) idioms like “out of the blue”, so on and so on.
And soon become friends!
Late this morning, the week-long training agenda came to an end. The three classes were assembled in the main training room for the “graduation” celebration. Mr. Chris Li, Director of the Teachers Training Center, Mrs. Shuqing Liu, the Training Center officer, and Mr. Peihong Zhang, Assistant Dean of Continuing Education College, were introduced to everybody. They thanked the team with inspiring words. Each graduating teacher was awarded his or her training certificate. The teachers’ representative Jessie Liu also thanked everyone profusely, iterating the importance of this program.
Each volunteer was asked to say a few words.
In the evening, we watched the Dynamic Yunnan show. Amazing!
Without hesitation, we offered our words of gratification and joy in being involved in such a unique experience. Besides being very happy with helping the teachers, we were happy about a most endearing experience!
Message of the day:“Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.” ― Confucius