Manage episode 264922278 series 181562
An idea that helps my students learn in an interesting way
I have always had English speaking friends, however, most of my Chinese students don’t have such luck. About 10 years ago, I was a language instructor for the employees at EA games and got to know Anthony, a Korean American and the game producer who just relocated from the U.S. Anthony was really outgoing and friendly, and loved making friends. We hit it off in the first class. Although we were teacher and student, we usually went for a drink and chatted for hours after work. I also enjoyed showing him around Shanghai. One time he recommended me saying that I was probably the coolest mandarin teacher in China. That touched me a lot.
He told me back home he really enjoyed CouchSurfing, which is to stay overnight on a friend's (or even a stranger's) couch. That was the first time I heard about such a way to travel and live! My horizon widened a bit more every time I spoke to him. I also wanted my students to have this kind of magical experience because language learning could be so much fun when you’re learning from different cultures. It was a shame that Anthony only had some opportunities to practice a few sentences of Mandarin in my class. So an idea came to my mind; I made my students teach him Mandarin after class. They would go to a cafe and had a mission to speak to Anthony about one topic in Mandarin for about 30 minutes. That activity helped my students use what they knew in English to express themselves, and Anthony got to learn a few more new sentences in Mandarin as well as experience speaking to different people locally.
结论：记住，英语的实力是真正在你能够应用了多少，而非学了多少！用在文化交流或者是帮助别人学习汉语就是一个一石二鸟的方式！如果你身边没有外国友人的话可以利用italki、或者是hello talk app找外国友人练习英语，或是最近美思的Danny也有在组织类似这样的语言交换活动群，可以他的微信meisionline来咨询！