1. jonathan February 28, 2009 at 2:49 am #

    Thanks for the pics Donald, it’s very cool to see another culture in your pictures.
    1 John 3:1

  2. Robert Staddon February 28, 2009 at 11:57 am #

    Nice pictures, Donald! Please send our greetings to the children there!

  3. Donald March 1, 2009 at 5:17 am #

    Thank you all. I really want my short time with the students at each school to be as life-changing for them as it is for me. Since I can understand so little of their language (they often speak in Taiwanese or Hakkanese in addition to Chinese) other small ways of showing love and interest become more and more important.

  4. James March 3, 2009 at 12:36 pm #

    Looks like fun! How do all the kids practice together in the same room like that? It must sound kind of interesting. 🙂

  5. Donald March 4, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    Yes it is interesting. Sometimes it’s difficult when a few of the students who attend cram schools at night have a higher level of English than the others. The answer is to teach at the lower level with an enthusiasm level (games, drawing pictures on the board, dramatizing etc.) that keeps the higher level students tuned in. Also you can divide them into pairs to practice conversation, divide into teams to compete in a game, have them all write, draw or read something on their own sheet of paper, and have quicker ones help the slower ones, like a family. (Sometimes they use the character for family to describe a class.) 🙂 And besides that there is time to talk one-on-one during the breaks for those really wanting to practice.

  6. Dad and Mom March 4, 2009 at 8:06 pm #

    What a novel idea – to make a school like a family rather than making a family like a school.

    BTY – the growing problem in our country with gangs comes from the breakdown of the family.


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