I got off the plane this morning, in shorts and a t shirt, at 6:30 AM to a temperature of minus 1 degrees! Goose bumps do not go well with a sun tan. It’s freezing!
So after a rest and a change of clothes it was off to see one of the new schools. It was, as usual, a huge event for them with all the kids lining the street outside waving flowers and singing “welcome” to us. I videod it and I’m sure you’d love to see it…. but YouTube is still banned in China so I can’t upload it!
I did get this photo of the kids lining up before they march off home in groups with their teacher.
Then we met all the new teachers and fielded some questions from them. They’re using the IPA international phonetic alphabet, which is one of the greatest obstacles to any first time language learner, and were wondering what to do when it clashed with normal phonics. The easy answer is to say to forget the former and just do the latter, but we had to be a little more diplomatic than that on the first day! But anyway they were very keen teachers and this week’s training should be pretty good.
Then some more gorgeous Chinese food and now I’m absolutely shattered so I’m off to bed!