Hailey Cohen: Teaching in Chengdu

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My internship is at the Qingsu Vocational School in Chengdu, China. I am employed as an international English teacher for high school students aged 14 to 18. I ride the bus for about an hour across Chengdu, and then I teach two 40 minute lessons. My Tuesday class has 43 students, and my Friday class has 5 students. The lessons I teach are very different because of the class size.

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So far I have taught the kids about cities, directions, and foods. Also, I have assigned them English names! I am sure some of these students will keep their names. I’ve also been working on getting my students to not be so quiet during class because Chinese students participate in classes a lot less than American students. My supervising teachers usually do not participate in my classes, and my Friday teacher has not shown up to class in about a month, so I’ve been mostly on my own.

My favorite class is the first time I did English Corner. English Corner happens on Friday, so it was with my smaller class. When I went, their teacher had them set up DIY projects, and they had to give me directions on how to do them so I could follow their directions. We had a lot of fun and it was the first time I was able to truly bond with my students, which made that day the most memorable out of all my classes. They taught me some tai chi and helped me write some new Chinese characters.

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