During the fourth and fifth week, of the ten week Peace Corps service training (PST), volunteers co-teach and oral English class to Chinese university students. While many at my training site including me have taught before it always good to get new experience especially with students similar to those we will be teaching for the next two years. This was just a two week class so my co-teacher, Megan and I, decided to focus in improving out students situational oral English skills. We lead off with introductions then taught students about using English while traveling, at schools including university, shopping, holidays, parties, and popular culture in United states like sports music and movies. Overall I think the classes seemed to go well both the ones we individually taught and co-taught as well. The students even claimed to learn a thing or two from us and improve their speaking ability of English as well. While many in China learn English there is greater emphasis on listening and writing, which is why we focused on actually speaking English. I really appreciate the students coming to spend their free time over summer break working on speaking English when they could have been doing other things.
From left to right Flora, Chris, Ki Ki, Megan, Me, Edith, Lisa, and Reagan. I can only hope my students at my permanent site are as eager and willing to engage as they were.
Next in training we continue language work, interviews with site mangers, and have some TEFL classes before we find out our permanent site in week seven. Then have site visits in week eight. Site specific training in week nine and officially swear in as volunteers in week ten. Side note I have done a little traveling I hope to post those photos in the future when I am not so busy with training.