Highlights, Challenges, and Lessons Learned during my First Two Weeks of Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)

Highlights from My First Two Weeks of Teaching ESL

  • Finding out the English name of one of my students is Blockbuster (Yes, you read that correctly. Blockbuster, just like the failed video rental company.)
  • Having multiple students tell me how beautiful I am (they are very flattering)
  • Being able to incorporate the song “Fifty Nifty United States” into my lesson plan on U.S. geography (of course I told them Minnesota is the best state 🙂 ) Continue reading

我的中国家庭 (My Chinese Family)

On Saturday, August 22nd, I was picked up from my hotel in Shijiazhuang by my host sister, Wang Zi Yi, with her friends and father. I wasn’t sure what to expect in a Chinese household since I did not get the opportunity to enter one during my study abroad experience in 2012, but was excited to see what awaited me.

爸爸 (dad), 妈妈 (mom), 奶奶 (grandma), 妹妹 (sister), 爷爷 (grandma), 和 (and) 我 (me)。

爸爸 (dad), 妈妈 (mom), 奶奶 (grandma), 妹妹 (sister), 爷爷 (grandma), 和 (and) 我 (me)。

When I first got to Wang Zi Yi’s home the family had me take off my shoes and put on a pair of their house slippers (essentially plastic sandals). This is a common practice in Chinese households, done to keep the house clean. Shortly after I arrived, we all sat down for dinner. Continue reading