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曾经的雅思考官24小时体验中国高考





编者按万博官网manbetx电脑版的外教Ben,一位曾经的雅思考官,在4月17日进行了“做一天高考学生”的学习生活体验,全体24小时和高中学生一起学习、吃饭、活动、休憩。通过这次体验,Ben更进一步了解了中国学生的校园学习与生活情况,亲身感受不同教育理念和文化背景的差异,以此更好地发现并帮助学生应对英语学习中面临的挑战,找到克服中国学生害羞害怕犯错误的策略。让我们来听听他的感受吧!

  “我是Ben,曾经的雅思考官,现在是万博官网manbetx电脑版高一年级的学术外教。4月17日,我和学校教务处一起策划了一次24小时做一天高考学生的学习体验。在诺中工作将近一年,非常愉快,但也发现自己对我的学生、对中国的高考需要有更进一步的了解。中国的高考和学生的校园学习与生活在我这个‘老外’的眼里充满着神秘感,我也想通过这样的一次体验,提升我在教学中对学生的洞察力,找到克服中国学生害羞害怕犯错误的策略,以此更好地发现并帮助我的学生们应对英语学习中面临的挑战。”

  “24小时里,同学们亲切地叫我‘Ben同学’,在‘同学’中我也很受欢迎。我和他们一起上小班课、自习、睡觉、晨练、早读、上课、升旗、值周、参加丰富的课外活动。”

  “让我印象最深刻的,是中国‘同学’紧张的学习和丰富的校园生活,面对非常难的数理化题时的轻松和自信,快速地安静并专注于学习,激烈的学习讨论,向我这个‘老外同学’大胆地交流和提问,有的像与生俱来的‘小老师’为其他同学讲解数学题。还有中国老师课堂上的教学艺术,严肃却又自信地把许多非常难的知识轻松愉快地教给学生,生物老师(车丽玲)徒手绘图表、中方英语老师(Linda老师)让学生非常专注的学术课堂、物理老师(周红卫)的超级耐心、政治老师(李燕芳)的个性化指导、语文老师(于靖萱)对鲁迅作品的精心准备,地理老师(邹小云)的严谨又绅士... ...除英语课以外,我这个‘老外’学生很多都听不懂,但在我‘同学’的热心帮助下,我只能用一个词‘amazing(不可思议)’来形容。24小时的体验,我迫不及待地用文字、照片和视频记录了这些珍贵的瞬间。”

  “谢谢高一6班的同学!谢谢你们让你们的外教感到如此地受欢迎!我从不知道,你们一天学习这么长的时间,却是如此的努力!你们的努力应该得到你们的老师和父母们的尊重!请保持你们的努力与奋斗,我们为你们感到骄傲!---- 你们的老师Ben!”

  “在我写完这些的时候,一个学生走到教室前的白板,说:‘Ben,你应该把‘老师’这个词改成’朋友'。”

以下是Ben的24小时体验日记

24 Hours as aGaokao Student

From April 17th, 16:10 to April 18th, 16:10, Head Foreign English Teacher BenHinton spent 24 hours as a Gaokao student with Senior 1, Class 6. In collaborationwith Linda Liu (Head of Teaching) the project aimed to better understandstudent life on campus; gain insight into student perspectives; figure ourstrategies for dealing with student shyness; and uncover challenges andsolutions for English learning. Below are extracts from Ben’s diary.

Day 1(Evening)

6:10 pm -Before anything else, my classmates made a big effort to inform me abouthomework tasks I need to finish for the next day. The Chemistry homework looksto be very difficult indeed. None of my classmates seem willing to help me withit - perhaps because they would need to explain it to me in English. OverWeChat my wife tells me the homework is too difficult for her.

6:10 - 6:30 pm- Teacher Tina (), Head ofClass 6, gave a lecture explaining some housekeeping duties for the next day.Tina has a fresh face and is full of smiles and the students seem to like hereven though she is giving them extra work.

6:30 - 6:45 pm- Students listened to English dictation exercises. Student Kevin wasthoughtful enough to lend me his copy of the textbook and point out the passagewe were studying. The dictation was a little challenging even for me. Studentsare expected to listen for the answer to multiple questions as they listen to asingle audio file. Luckily the file was played 3 times.

7:00 - 7:10 pm- The hushed silence of the classroom explodes into joyful chatter. It's abreak.

7:10 - 7:30 pm- Students work on various homework tasks. They are very disciplined. I feelthey deserve respect from their elders for their long hours of lonely work. Tomake myself useful (as I don’t read Chinese) I silently pass a paper around tostudents titled “Got Any English Questions?”. I receive many questions in replysuch as:

- What does the word ‘superiority’ mean?
- How many meanings are there for the word ‘account’ in English? Can I use thisword to mean ‘because’?

- Why is“black tea” called “black tea”? Why not “red tea”? It’s “red tea” for Chinesepeople!

- Do you likeChinese hotpot?

- What does ‘subjective’mean?

- What is‘bacteria’?

8:00 - 8:30 pm- Students have a break. At about this time many of them socialise, play alittle music in their classroom, take time to drink something.

9:00 pm -Students began talking spontaneously and the room became noisy. Some studentscalled out in Chinese “Be quiet”. Literally minutes later a teacher came intothe room and gently told the students to keep silent and continue studying. Theteacher re-established silence with such gentleness that it did not feel like‘surveillance’ but rather ‘support’. I wonder if when our new library opens thestudents might be allowed to study there as well.

9:30 pm - 9:50pm -  Students stopped studyingand went to their dormitories. They cleaned their dormitories including thefloors. They did laundry. They ate snacks and very few of the snacks ‘healthy’.In the dormitories, there are constant loud speaker announcements. And justwhen I thought students might have rest time, a special group of studentsheaded downstairs to the ‘study hall’ for extra night time study. Thesestudents must present permission slips before being allowed to enter the studyhall at the wardens’ office.

9:50 - 11:00pm - While other students are doing chores, showering and socialising, studentsin the study hall study until about 11pm. It seems there are about 25-30 malestudents in the late-night study hall (the same number I guess in the femalestudy hall). Textbooks are core to students’ study materials. I can’t seehandouts or any other materials. Perhaps English homework should be printed ina book for students to work through - or maybe lecture notes?

11:45 pm -Lights out. Goodnight.

Day 2


6:00 am - I woke to the sound of trumpet music over the dormitory PA system.The sky was already perfect blue with white clouds. Soon after the trumpetmusic, soft instrumental music began to play before heavy rock music andbooming announcements from the dormitory warden.

6:30 am -Students assemble on our brand new all-weather running track to do morningexercise. In groups based on class (I’m in class 6) we run twice around thetrack to military march music on the loud speakers.

6:50 -Breakfast in the student canteen. Spicy vegetable Baozi, a meat Baozi and aboiled egg. Bowls of hot soy milk. Some students tell me they think the cost isa little expensive compared to the quality. Many students buy chocolateflavoured milk in the morning.

7:25 - MorningReading (语文) in the classroom. Students recite and memorise poems bylate Tang Dynasty poet Du Mu. During the class I cannot understand the words(my Mandarin skills are not that good) so I will look up his poems and add oneor two here later. The poems are challenging for my young classmates. One ofthem has bought a special reference book to help them through the subtleties ofthese poems.

清明                    Qingming Festival      

清明時節雨紛紛,             Onthe day of Qingming Festival, a drizzly rain falls.
路上行人欲斷魂。   On the road, the traveller, disconsolate.
借問酒家何處有?   Enquiring, where can an inn be found?
牧童遙指杏花村。   A cowherd boy points, far away, to Apricot Blossom Village.

秋夕                    Autumn Evening

銀燭秋光冷畫屏,   Silvery candle, autumnal light, chills the painted screen
輕羅小扇撲流螢。   With small fan, of light silk gauze, she swipes at theflitting fireflies
天階夜色涼如水              On the palace steps, the night is cool, like water
臥看牛郎織女星。   Laying down, she gazes, the Weaving Girl and Cowherd stars

7:40 am - Mycolleague and fellow Chinese English teacher Sue stopped by my classroom tocheck up on me. Sweet lady.

7:45 - English1, Linda's Class. In this class Linda presented a serious countenance tostudents. Not stern, just serious and not without joy, but very focused. Theclass is designed to prepare students for the exam and covers basic academicwriting skills - summary writing. I wonder if this will be the only class atwhich I will excel in the day.

8:35 am –Politics. As it was close to the mid-semester exam, the politics teacherdeclared the class to be a self-study period and walked around the classroomattending to individual student questions.

9:25am - Chinese(Literature). The Chinese literature teacher was sober but kind to students. Itseems students had studied what she was teaching quite carefully beforehand. Inthis class students looked at a passage of writing by Lu Xun.

10:05 am –School Assembly and flag raising ceremony. We stand in lines based on class andlisten to carious announcements.

10:25 am –Geography. Geography class was an intense lecture that required students toconsider pages from their textbook. Occasionally this gentle teacher would askstudents to fill gaps in his sentences. The topic appeared to be the science ofdemographics.

11:15 am -English 2. Stéphanie gave a compassionate and spirited class.

11:45 am-  Lunch. Lunch was quick. I needed torun up to the staff canteen as I had no money on my lunch card!

12:00 - 12:25pm - Rubbish Collection Duty. Every day different students are assigned to pickup rubbish around the school campus. This is just one of the tasks students arerequired to help out with. Together with my classmates, we collected candywrappers (from student snacks?), cigarette butts, wood, metal and electric wireoffcuts (from the recent construction work of the school).

12:25 pm –1:00 pm - I drink a secret coffee before returning to the classroom.

12:25 pm – 1:00 pm – Maths. In this class, one of myclassmates Paul has been assigned to give a tutorial by the maths teacher. Paulis captivating. We simply can’t look away as he teaches us maths and makes usall laugh. I suspect Paul was born to be a teacher.

2:25 pm - Biology. Biology class is fascinating because itinvolves the students constructing a diagram representing photosynthesis duringthe course of the class. This happens not just on the whiteboard but instudents notebooks.

3:15 pm –Physics. When teacher 周红卫 enters the room the class sits up happily as if relieved ofan enormous burden. Even though the topic is highly technical, our teacher isexceptionally calm and joyful and spends the class attending to individualstudent questions with seemingly limitless patience. After the class I ask myChinese English teaching colleagues about the Physics teacher. They tell me hemakes this impression on everyone in the school. He is special.

4:05 pm – Self-study. We study quietly in the classroom

4:45 pm – After class activities. During this time studentsdo sports and exercise. Class 6 had fun with a big skipping rope!

5:30 pm – Dinner.

6:10 pm – Time for me to go home. I left this note on thewhite board for my classmates to read:

Thankyou Class 6 for makingyour foreign English teacher feel so welcome. I never knew how hard you studyand for such long hours. Your teachers and parents should respect you deeplyfor this. Keep up your enormous effort. You make us very proud. Teacher Ben.

As I finish writing this letter, one student walks up to thewhite board and says “Ben, you should change the word ‘teacher’ in your note to‘friend’”.