Crazy, we have been in China for a little over a week! Elle and I constantly find ourselves saying, “I can’t believe we live in China.”
We had our first week of teaching at our training institute at Shanghai University. We have TESL (teaching English as a second language) class in the morning from 8-9:30 followed by class with the Chinese students from 9:30-11:30. During this period we either observe the other teachers or teach the lesson if it is your day to teach. Elle and I both had our first solo lessons on Thursday and Friday. Elle taught about traveling and information while I taught about shopping 🙂 For the most part both of our lessons went very well and we got some great feedback for the future. (Apparently we need to stop saying “like” every other sentence haha I didn’t even notice I said that.) Elle accidentally tapped a boy on the butt with a piece of paper… a BIG no-no in Chinese culture. OOPS!
We have a lunch break from 12:00-1:30 when I have to head to intermediate Chinese class. Our Chinese teacher, oddly enough, is from Australia who has been here for around 30 years… Its so interesting the type of people and their reasons for coming to China. Following the intermediate Chinese class is Elle’s beginning Chinese class. We are both determined to learn Chinese so we can figure out what people are saying instead of smiling and responding, “Dui bu chi, wo bu dong” which means sorry, I don’t understand.
We have five more days of class before we head off to Ma’anshan and we will be on our own in China. It still hasn’t sunk in yet.
Zai Jian peng you (friends)