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Taizhou Summer Camp, 2015
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Taizhou: Global IELTS Language Centre

For four weeks, I taught middle and high school students at Global IELTS, a tutoring center in Jiangyan, Taizhou, Jiangsu Province. I taught an average of two two-hour lessons each weekday, but the time of day and number of lessons varied. Each lesson generally went as follows: each of the students would give a response to each of two prompts, we would have class discussions about a set of questions on the same topics, and the students would read sample answers to the prompts and questions out loud. After each of these activities, I would correct any mistakes I had noticed. The prompts, questions, and sample answers were all provided for me by the school. They were generally good, although they had a number of errors.

In Jiangyan, I stayed in a three-bedroom apartment in a very convenient location, a short walk from the school and from numerous stores and restaurants. Jiangyan is a small city by Chinese standards, so there are very few foreigners and not as many tourist attractions as in some of the other cities that seminar leaders went to, such as Xi'an and Chengdu.

The school was very organized, and provided lunch and most dinners for me. Breakfast and snacks were my own responsibility. An assistant, Leo, who spoke good English, helped me get settled in the city!he was very friendly and helpful, though communication from him and the school was sometimes a little unclear.

Overall, teaching in Taizhou was a great experience!I got a lot of practice teaching English, with well-behaved and generally motivated students, and I felt that living in Jiangyan gave me a very authentic view of life in China.

--- Connor Cunningham

The University of Chicago

Based in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province, 2015


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