Prepared by Szu Ling Yeap
What: English Class
Why: To teach English to the Chinese senior residents at Parkway Meadows
Where/When: October 4th, 2008 (Saturday) 2.30-4.00pm
Parkway Meadows Apartments
2575 Sandalwood Cir, Ann Arbor, MI
Number of people who attended: 4
Szu Ling Yeap, Hui Ying Chin, Hsin Hsin Lee, Kah Loong Chong
This was the first time we went to teach English at the senior apartment. Hui Ying and Szu Ling were the main instructors of the class, but Hsin Hsin and Kah Loong were assisting among the crowd, especially if any of the elders who were slower at understanding.
We actually had a textbook that we can follow, and it’s called English: 900 Sentences. Every chapter consisted of 15 conversation sentences, followed by various activities like verb exercises and vocabulary based on those sentences.
That Saturday, we taught the senior residents 15 new sentences and also some new vocabulary words. They were very eager to learn and paid full attention when we were teaching. They asked questions and we explained in Chinese. They liked this concept very much, because we could answer their questions in Chinese. The response from them was very encouraging that we decided to go teach them every Saturday morning except the 2nd Saturday of every month.
That was my first time teaching in a classroom-like environment and I really had so much emotions going on. I felt very happy looking at the eagerness to learn on the senior residents’ faces. Although they are old as most of them are above 65 years old, but the desire to learn still stays on. It made me realize that we, as youngsters, should put in more effort in learning. Having the chance to learn and get education is actually a blessing, and an opportunity, not a suffering, which many others think so. Also, it made me realize that teaching is not an easy job at all and we should give more respect to teachers, and not fall asleep in class.