Chinese pizza topped with e-mails and hypnotic music?
This morning (June 8) was an early one, but it was worth the loss of sleep. I visited an English classroom in the foreign languages building, and I was able to talk to more English-speaking Chinese students!
There were more girls than boys in the classroom.
Apparently, more girls take the English classes than the boys at SDUT. We also listened to the lessons, which consisted of a student presenting a news report and an analysis of an audio article concerning teaching methods.
After hearing the article, the professor showed its transcript on the projector and asked the students questions about the material. Since the teaching methods in the article were intended for physics students, the professor’s questions weren’t that involved. She made sure the class understood the article, and that they did.
The article covered two dichotomic teaching methods — lecture and hands-on problem-solving activities with little lecture. If I ever teach English to foreigners, hands-on and interactive activities would be essential to the language-learning process.
The professor also played games with the class that allowed practice for determining the correct word in English expressions. I immediately knew the answers to each question, but I kept my mouth shut so the class could answer.
The students did well with these games, and their English is definitely proficient. Some of the girls in the class invited me to a farewell party for an English professor who is returning to America. I really wanted to go, but my group and I are going to be out of town visiting Qufu Tai Shan tomorrow during the party.
The girls are so nice here. I want to make more friends, and I received more numbers and e-mail addresses in one class than I probably will within the span of one year.
After visiting the English classes, we took a taxi into Zibo City to shop and eat lunch. I shared a Chinese pizza with my friends. It had chicken, a light sauce, light cheese, and a surprisingly delicious crust.
Cheese is one thing I really did not want to eat in China, but I had to try the pizza. It tastes different than the pizza in the U.S. It has more spice.
Our final stop in Zibo was a tea shop. Drinking Oolong tea from little cups was quite relaxing, and I even bought two “pig holding a bowl” decorations for a negotiated 60 yuan marked down from 80. Those were my first purchased souvenirs!
I also wanted to purchase a tea set, but I figured I would wait until we scoped out more shops.
The final activity of the day was a lecture on traditional Chinese music. The music recordings the professor played were hypnotic. I almost fell asleep upon hearing them, but by no means were they boring.
Traditional Chinese music is relaxing to me, and I enjoy the serenity the music eludes. We even sang the lyrics of one song with the professor guiding us, and we were able to attempt to play some traditional Chinese musical instruments.
Music takes me into a separate realm when I listen or play it, especially if the tones are varied and distinguished. I was happy that the professors introduced us to Chinese traditional music because of its vast history and imagery that envelops the sound.
— Sarah Halter, a senior English major