All entries for October 2006
October 27, 2006
I have a lot of dreams for the future. For the career, I really want to be an English teacher in my home country. Being a teacher is a dream for me from childhood. I am trying to improve myself everyday. I hope the dream can become true.
First, I want to explain why I want to become a English teacher in China. In our country, English education is just a beginning in our society. People have the passion to learn it. Then, because of the globalization, our country needs huge quantity of people who can control English well. If I were an English teacher, I would help people to learn English well. This must be very excited.
Being a teacher is very a difficult job I think. It may required many qualifications. I have the passion to be a teacher. I think this is a very important. I like to communicate with different people and introduce my own country. I also have a little experience of being a teacher. I have taught some foreigners to learn Chinese. I think I did it quite well. My students came from Korea, America and Japan. I have the patient to teach them, correcting their pronunciation, writing and speaking mistakes.
On the other hand, I have many weaknesses in English. Being a teacher is a far way for me. I must improve my English in order to teach students. I must be accuracy of speaking, listening and writing; I must have a well- knit foundation of English language. I think I course here give me the best chance to do it. Moreover, teacher should have some knowledge about psychology which I have never touched before. This is the key course of being a good teacher.
To do a good job for today is the most important now. Future career is just a goal for me to work hard. Getting a high score in my two-year-study is my first dream, and also is my first step to being a teacher.
October 22, 2006
My learning goals
My major is called English Language, Translation, and Culture Studies. I like this course because it is related to the different culture. This degree is a kind of challenging in my life. During the four-year-study, I can experience two different learning and teaching styles. And I also can become an international person who understands the world.
Since the day I entered the university, I have already learnt many approaches to study well. I am good at reading and speaking. Although there are many grammatical mistakes when I was speaking, I overcame the fear of communication with others. I also try my best to practice listening, so I can understand the lecture quite well.
On the other hand, I still have weakness. Sometimes I am worried about critical thinking which is concerned the key of learning here. I am used to believe tutors and books. I don??t know how to think deeply and the direction to think. Furthermore, I don??t know how ask question. I think it is related to the critical thinking. If I don??t think deeply, how could I have question to ask.
I have the motivation to study, but sometimes I feel low. I can??t arrange my time well. Sometimes, I make a plan, but it??s difficult to follow. I think I have the passion to work hard, but I can??t keep working sometimes. As a mature student, I will try my best to control myself to study hard.
Learning culture is quite interesting, so I try to involve myself in this society. I joined the Warwick Volunteer. And I attend the Spanish Course, which I think this a good way to communicate with local people and people from all around the world. All these things can help my work effectively. Not only to practice English, but also to learn the culture in this new environment.
Two years flies very soon, so I have to cherish the time studying aboard. My goal is simple: having a good result after two years. I must word harder and harder.
October 16, 2006
Academic Words from Week 1: 100%
General Words from Week 1: 100%
Week 1 VocabularyCrossword: 80%
At last I find the way to do the crossword. It is an interesting exercises to remember all the new words. I really enjoy it:)
October 13, 2006
My first impressions of Britain are divided into several parts. The thing which is shocked me most is the rhythm of people¡¯s live is quite slow. Then the environment here is quiet and clean. At last is the free newspaper everywhere.
I came 2 months ago. At that time there few people in the campus. It was Sunday night. My friend and I went to Tesco on Sunday afternoon. When we went to there, we were told that it would close at 4pm. I was surprised about that!! In China, all the supermarkets open even longer in weekends, because it is good for them to earn money. People only have time to go to supermarkets during weekends. Later on I talked to a friend of my, she told me this was the custom here. People used to be relaxed on Sunday. We went to city centre and all shops closed at 5pm on Friday evening. How ridiculous it was!!! Moreover, the speed of people walking is slower than Beijing. Everyone seems to enjoy their lives. My friends and I always discussed about it. We agreed that the economics here are quite stable and steady. The welfare system integrated, so people can enjoy lives.
The environment here is great. We lived in Westwood which is best accommodation I have ever lived. Everywhere is green and quiet. The first night I felt very scared, there is so silent outside. I really enjoy walking to classroom everyday. It¡¯s a kind of exercises. I found many small animals appeared in Westwood, such as squirrels, hedgehogs, and rabbits. All these prove the good surroundings. Beijing is a polluted city and crowded. Here is few people. Thus, I think it¡¯s good for people to keep health.
Finally, I found a lot of free newspaper everywhere. On the bus to Coventry I found that there was more than one kind of free newspaper. Then I noticed that there are free newspapers in the railway station. From that I also enjoyed reading newspapers during my way to somewhere.
In conclusion, everything for me is new. The most impressions are the three above. I believed that there are still many things waiting for me to observe.
Today I attended my first spanish class. I think it’s a challenge for because I am the absolute beginner. I don’ t know any spanish words.I just want to have a try and have a chance to communicate with others. In my view, spanish is a romantic world I guess, so last week I standed in a long queue for 3 hours to enrol this course.
I was excited the whole day and I arrived at classroom quite early. There is only myself and I kept looking around outside the door. Later, a British girl came. I talked to her. She told me that her father had lived in Spain for several years,so she wanted to learn some spanish. She also told me that she had been to Hongkong. She liked that place,so I encouraged her to learn Chinese next term.
Nearly half past six, a plump woman with a large suitcase came into the classroom. Then, she said” Hola!”which is the word that spanish say hello to each other. She is our tutor.She is spanish and teaches spanish here.Then I found our class contained different age groups. There were some aging people. I was encouraged when I saw them. I must to work hard.
We have 2 hours everyweek. The tutor just gave us some words and expressions in order to give us a general idea about spanish. What is the pronunciation or what is word sounds like,etc.I noticed that the sound of spanish words is quite heavy.And the order of words is different frome English. I felt I was back to the primary school when I learned English for the first time.Now I am going to accept a new language.Maybe I can use some of approaches that I have used to learn English. Some of them were really useful.:) I created by myself.
Today, I learned many interesting words in spanish. I must practise more times in order to remember them.
Today is a new start!!!
October 06, 2006
Today is traditional Mid-autumn Day in China. It is a festival for all the family members getting together. They have dinner togteher,eating the mooncake after supper.I really miss home today,so I called my parents this afternoon.I think this is the homesick!!!:) Tonight I cooked myself a big supper which was the triditional meal in China. It was wonderful. _
October 02, 2006
Today is the first day of our new term in Warwick.Everthing here is new to me. I feel excited, but still a little bit nervous.