Be Humble and Teachable
- China is the hosts, we are the guests. We go along with their cultural ways.
- Our cultural is not better than theirs. We must respect their culture.
- Do not come with the “savior’s attitude”!
- We go to China as a learner even though we are teachers.
- We have something to give, but they also have so much to give and teach us.
- This is not a VACATION!
- Be ready for unexpected things to happen
- Delays in traffic and services, difficult roads condition
- Temporarily no electricity or running water
- Getting sick because of food or weather
- Living standards – squat toilets, cockroaches
- Lost luggage
- Natural disaster
- The smell of cigarettes (hotel, public areas)
- Miscommunication between languages may happen
- Respect their cultural differences in conversation
- Use creative elements/images/ sounds in your lesson plan
- Be adaptable to change to their levels if your lesson plan is too hard or too easy
- Inspire critical thinking in your students
- Be spontaneous in the right circumstances
Be a Team Member
- Unity in our team shows love
- If a conflict arises among you, talk to the leaders to deal with any major conflict.
- Just remember – it is only 2 weeks, you can wait until after the Project.
- Be your brother and sister’s keeper, look out for each other.
- Team meeting each night – be encouraging and supportive instead of put downs.
Chinese Confucius way of thinking: Hard working, integrity, moral values, modesty, family values, respect to elders…etc.
- Be on your best behaviors, have good manners, be pleasant to others.
- Be respectful to those who serve you (waitress, driver, tour guide…etc), set a good example by treating others well.
- Carry your own luggage from bus to hotel and vice versa, open doors for others.
- Do not spend large amounts of money in front of locals
- Be aware of your own interactions with other team members (etc. Female/Male interactions, physical boundaries are different in the North America)
Your role as English Teacher
- The students and teachers in China will highly respect you.
- They will think everything you say is important, so be careful what you say.
- Have healthy boundaries with the students. Don’t share your personal burdens and problems with the students.
- Do not engage in conversation with the locals about sensitive political topics.
- Your attitude and behaviors should be “above reproach”.
- An important part of Chinese culture is to respect differences of how we treat the old and young. Especially at banquets, there is a “host” and a “guest” table, and seating arrangements are set up well in advance with a great deal of consideration:
- Most often the host table will face the entrance of the banquet hall, in order that the host may properly welcome the guest. The main host will sit facing the door, while the honored guest will sit by his right. The secondary host will then sit next to the honored guest. The second guest will then sit to the left of the main host, and so forth.
- If the main host has not arrived, please refrain from entering and seating yourself as in North. American style, as the seating arrangement may be pre-arranged and complicated. Instead, please follow the instruction of your team leader.
- Each seat will normally include a cup of hot tea, a hot towel and perhaps some fruit or other appetizers such as peanuts or preserved vegetables. It would be preferred if one refrains from using them until the host politely gestures to do so.
- During a banquet, when a leader or the host makes a speech, as a sign of respect please pay attention. Do not keep chatting or look at your phone. When the banquet ends, the host will announce that everybody may leave the hall. When this happens, you should shake hands with the host. Regular guests should also wait until the host and honored guest have left the hall before leaving themselves.
- Mainland China has a custom of drinking toasts. In our policy we outlined that all team members should refrain from drinking alcohol. But there maybe 1 or 2 times that the host may welcome us with a dinner and alcohol may be served. We tell the host that in Canada minors cannot drink alcohol. For adults, drinking is done with other people around the table; one should not pour and drink by him or herself. If one cannot drink alcohol, tea may be substituted for alcohol.
- During toasts, clink the glasses in a way so that your cup is lower than the one you are toasting with, as a sign of respect.
- During a banquet, please don’t take pictures. Please try your best not to use cell phone as a sign of respect.
- During the trip, when asking a question to locals about local issues or daily life, please refrain from using Canadian or Hong Kong standards when judging something and/or offering criticism. Whether in public or private, refrain from judging local lifestyles and habits or the shortcomings of local leaders. This is not the platform to discuss sensitive political topics either, and political discussion is strictly forbidden on this trip.
Chinese Vocabulary 中文字
|Mandarin Pin Yin
|How are you?
|Ni Hao Ma
|I am fine
|Wo hen hao
|My name is “_ ”
|Wo de ming zi jiao
|我的名字叫 “ ”
|What is your name?
|Ni jiao shen me ming zi
|Duo Shao Qian
|Where is the washroom?
|Ce Suo Zai Na Li
|I don’t want it
|Wo Bu Yao
|Jia na da
|Pu tong hua
|I don’t understand
|Wo Ting bu dong
|Do you understand?
|Ni ting de dong ma
|Smile! (for camera)
|Add oil! (Way to go!)