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胥潇云:The Different Teaching Methodologies
Between America And China

2014-03-21 16:53

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作者:胥潇云

  Ten days' study life in the University of Arizona gives me a lot of impressive insights, experiences and inspirations in English teaching.

  We have had wonderful classes during ten days which taught by Professor Liu Jun, Head of the English Department; Professor Jonathon Reinharbt, Dr. Amy Kimme Hea; Professor Bill Emstein, Professor Susan White, Professor Aurelie Sheehan, Professor Dudy troika,Professor John Ulreich etc.. I like all of them, especially Professor Liu Jun, who comes from China and has had a great achievement in English fields. We are all quite proud of him! The programs contain Methods and Resources for English Language Teaching; The Teaching of writing, Classroom Observation; Drama and Dramatization; Literature; A Brief History in English and American Slang and so on. I have learned a lot from these programs, and I'm so appreciated to meet so many excellent and friendly professors who enlarge my sight of English! Actually I have taught English for twenty years in high school, and I got my master's degree in English Pedagogy after teaching in public school for more than ten years. However, I still have some problems in teaching writing, grammar, vocabulary and so on. I have come here to solve some of my problems in teaching through this special training, and it has done! The professor's passions and knowledgeable ideas and insight in different programs give a deep impression to me.

  We have some impact on our teaching back in China.

  In class in Arizona, the most important thing is to bring the students to communicate, while most important thing is to train students of learning ability. Class education in China is mainly based on the teachers' explanations.  Chinese students generally do not like to communicate. However, foreign students are extroverted disposition and fond of communication, eager to communicate, so as students in the teaching method is more suitable for foreign education.

  What has been emphasized on education in Arizona is the natural development of individuals. Many college students are really interested in learning, rather than for a certificate and to employment and reading. University of Arizona professors have a common belief: "Let the students to study interested in it his duty." They keep on in the classroom stimulate students' interest, and encourage genuine love to the students, more willing to learn to love their students by more supplementary teaching.

  The class in University of Arizona is not just evaluation leading to the results of a student. They had many ways to evaluate students, which reflect the students' studying attitude, studying ability, teamwork with others, etc. Usually the usual results plus the final test present the final results of students.

  What has emphasized on education in University of Arizona is to train students' ability. In class, the importance of teaching is to stimulate students' thinking. In class, each student has to present thinking in the direction of his own ideas. All communications and brainstorm are proposed! The professors encourage the students to debate, exchange different opinions and views of a question. The students are bathed in a variety of new ideas and benefit.

  Chinese students are not so active in class. It is generally felt that communications seem to be quiet, and the character in the traditional culture make it good quality to respect teachers and classmate in class .We should change it! We English teachers should encourage the students to participate all discussions and activities in class. We should give the students a chance to try everything, stimulate, promote or help them to learn English freely and happily. It reminds me of the famous saying from a famous teaching expert: To tell me, I forget it; to teach me, I remember it, and to show me, I learn it!

  All the programs in this training are designed well! We are so appreciated! Professor Jun Liu, who is very busy with his work, spares his precious time to give lessons to us. And Professor Rudy Troike, who is one of the oldest professors in Arizona University, also has given us a wonderful lesson with big passion and responsibility! And Professor John Ulreich, who is also in his good health these days, also give us a wonderful class in literature. We are so moved by the poem called Love Bade Me Welcome! We are from China; he even learns Chinese characters and Chinese poems to make his explanations more clearly! I still remember the wonderful sentences:Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back guilty of dust and sin.

  But quick-eyeed love, observing me grow slack from my first entrance in,

  Drew near to me, sweetly questioning if I lacked anything.

  … …

  During these days, I have been deeply moved by all the professor's classes. Meanwhile, we are so appreciated to live comfortably in Sahara Apartments everyday. We are so appreciated to Lourdes, a warmhearted and popular lady in our hearts! We are so appreciated to all her teammates who have offered us the best service in life!

  This unforgettable training has brought me a lot!  Thank all of you again!

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