Students engaging in conversation is a norm in any classroom around the world. However, I’m learning that student-student and student-teacher conversation here in my classroom in China is down right hilarious at times.
Two words…language barriers.
Now, just to remind everyone, I don’t teach English. I am a certified teacher and I teach at an American International School.
Below you find a few of the conversations that took place today. Enjoy!
Me: Hey guys?! Please don’t use your fingers to eat your rice. We don’t use our hands to eat.
Class: Yes Miss Mahlaaaaah…
Me: Wait…sometimes we do use our hands! Never mind just don’t use you hands to eat your rice.
A: Miss Mahla we use hands with chicken?!
Me: yes sweetie, like I showed you. Instead of wrapping the chicken leg in a napkin.
A: YES! Oh Miss Maaaaahlaaaaah! We use hand for candy…aaaaaaaaand cake. Your birthday cake you make was so good. AAAAAANNNND….
Me: ok ok ok…your right sometimes we can use our hands!
A: *continues to name foods to eat with hands*
*Playing with block*
Students are speaking Chinese
F: WE HAVE TO SPEAK EEEEENGLIIIIIIISH!!!!
A: oooookay ok ok ok ok ok!
*I visit one of the Pre-K classrooms*
A few students: MIIIIIIIIIIS MAAAAAAAHLAAAAAAAAAH!!
V: *eyes open very big looking at me* oooooooh weeeeee CHOOOCOOOLAAAAATE!!
DI (Director): Marla could you drop these floor maps off at the other classrooms?
*enters other 5YO Classroom*
Students: MISS MAAAAAHLAAAAAAAAH!!
Me: hey guys!
L: It’s Miss Mahlaaaaaah!
Students: *repeating* Miss Mahla
Teacher Assistant: Guys you’re so loud! Miss Marla is a celebrity in here
Mz Hunter Teaches