Hidey ho there neighbors!
Last week was AMAZING! Once again, teaching in Penghu trumps any other teaching job ever. I was sent to the small island of Wang-An to teach the students there. As with any other new school I was nervous. You never know how you will be received by students and teachers alike. This time my fears were unnecessary, everyone was so welcoming and helpful, and the students were very excited to meet me!
I taught elementary and junior high school while I was there. There were about 40 students at the elementary school and 17 at the junior high school. The elementary school students were shy at first, but once they warmed up to me they didn’t want me to go (one class literally locked me in their classroom when I tried to leave). Being in a small outlying island, the students don’t have many opportunities to speak English to foreigners, or even see English-speaking foreigners for that matter, they also don’t have the opportunities to attend English cram schools to further enhance their English-speaking skills. Because of these disadvantages, their English skills were much lower than the students I teach on a regular basis at Wenao, but their energy was just as high! For the first few minutes of class, the students would look to their teacher for translations every time I said something, but then she got smart and left, so they had to really start tying to listen to me. We played games and read books and had some basic conversations, it was a great time!
While I had a blast teaching at the elementary school, my favorite part of teaching in Wang-An was the junior high school. Because these students have been studying English for a long time (since 3rd grade), their English was much more advanced. I could hold a conversation with many of them, and if not, there was always another student around to help translate (can you believe that?! Students were translating without the help of the teacher!) The students were a lot of fun and in our classes we could hold more conversations and really learn about each other and discuss some of the more intricate matters of English. We also had time for some fun. Fun?! In a classroom? That’s right, singing, dancing, ukulele playing (aren’t you jealous?) We had a grand ole time!
Unfortunately Friday came around and I had to say my farewells to the students. They made me sweet cards and yummy pizza (what a way to go out)! But Friday also brought another round of fun, Nick and Anly! Stay tuned for details on our Wang An wanderings!