Middle School

Today, I had another opportunity to visit some students. This time, it’s the local middle school. I have a friend who teaches English there and she invited me to come speak. She picked me up at 6:30 p.m. after dinner. They usually have classes until 9:30 p.m. and they start school at 6:50 a.m. No wonder they tell me that life as a Chinese student is 辛苦 (hard, exhausting, toilsome — courtesy of Google Translate). These are some of my discoveries today.

Because of yesterday’s experience, I was more prepared to interact with a big class. There were fewer students in this class, about 50 of them in the room but still huge by my standard, and though I still had to strain my voice, I knew what to expect. The students for this particular class were very enthusiastic and greeted me warmly. I don’t know if their teacher prepared them well but they were so eager to meet me that while I was speaking, a few of them came up and gave me gifts (candy, drinks) in the middle of my speech. The girls gave me hugs and the boys shook my hand. Not sure if it’s a Chinese custom but they seem to be sincerely grateful for my presence. I’ve learned that teenagers, no matter the culture, generally have their own mind and are not coerced to do these kinds of things, so I know they did it in earnest. Really nice touch and what an ego-booster! I asked them if I could take a picture of them from where I was standing. They exclaimed “yes!” in unison.

view from the front

After the 40 minutes, my friend took me to the teacher’s office to meet the rest of the English teachers. Many of the girls came by to practice their English. I was surprised that many of the boys from the other class came by as well. I ended up indulging them in English conversation which they seem to thoroughly enjoy. I had a lot of fun tonight. I hope to get more opportunities to visit the school.

meeting students

5 Responses to “Middle School”

  1. Thanakrit says:

    Hi Ms.Hao!

    How are you doing? Seems you’re quite busy from the stories in your blog here :-) My apps for January 1st is coming up soon, I sent you an invitation for the Common App. which should be in your mbcohao@gmail.com mail box. Please let me know if you got it or not asap!

    Thank you!

    Thanakrit Gu

  2. Jonsan says:

    Ho Ms Hao!
    Hahaha, I see you are really enjoying your travels in China these days, and everything is going well. It is really hard to catch up with you cuz this is probably the only way to communicate. I forgot which entries I commented on earlier and couldn’t see if u ever replied anything 😛 Anyways, good luck in your teaching!

  3. Jonsan says:

    Whooooops! Typo!

  4. mbcohao says:

    Hey, Jonathan! Great to hear from you! Hope things are well with you in HK. Yep, you can always find me here blogging! :-) Actually, I’m not teaching … just writing and getting invited to speak every now and then. Happy New Year to you!

  5. mbcohao says:

    Hey, Thanakrit. I already sent in your rec letter but I need the school code to complete the process. Check your email! Good luck on your apps and Happy New Year! :-)

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