Priory Teachers Visit China
Dr. Pinpin Yu writes...
This summer, four Priory teachers (Andrew Wenger, Linda Shore, Cristina Cazabonne and I) were able to visit to our sister schools and travel around China. It was an eye-opening experience and a wonderful professional development opportunity.
We visited two schools: Luhe High School in the suburb of Beijing and Changchun Second Experience Middle School in Jilin Province. The principals in both schools warmly welcomed us and gave us very formal welcome banquets. We visited their beautiful campuses and also observed their classrooms, including advanced technology in each room. We also had conversations with students, and introduced our school curriculum and student life to them. Both schools showed that the students are all very interested in learning a foreign language (English) and are so well motivated that their level of English is high. During the visit, the English teacher in the school of Changchun and I discussed developing a pen-pal relationship between our students. Their students are going to write English letters to our students and our students will respond to the letters in Chinese.
The rest of time, we visited Xi’an, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. In Xi’an, we had a vivid lesson of China’s long history. We visited the Terra-Cotta Warrior Museum, which has thousands of figures made in 200 BC. In Shanghai we visited the tallest building in Asia, Jinmao Dasha, and the Shanghai Refugee Memorial Museum. In Hong Kong we visited Hong Kong History Museum and experienced Hong Kong’s modern life style. We saw the great development during these years in China. I saw a lot of places where I used to live and was very familiar with, but now I only recognize the names but not the places. We also saw some of the problems that China has had, especially the overcrowding and terrible pollution in Beijing and other places. We observed and learned about China’s long civilization and modern developments. All of our newly acquired knowledge will bring huge benefits of our classrooms and our students.