Teaching English: China's Beijing... End Of The Rainbow!
Embracing the colours of the Rainbow, it was time for me to spread my wings and fly. Teaching English in Beijing, China had been one of the toughest challenge's I had faced. That Hubei, Wuhan warm-up had me ready for that action packed first year in China's capital city. From saying goodbye to my Montessori training program to being introduced to Rainbow Class, like the wind it was time for me to move along with the rhythm of life. See you soon, Beijing, China!
Having worked in the United States of America twice over the last ten years, I sensed that some the parents expected more from our classes? Yes, with that unexplained 'American' connection, I sought out some Spanish songs from 'Super Simple Songs' that mirrored the same songs that we used to sing in English. Starting with the 'Hello, hello, hello' song, I introduced the Spanish version 'Hola, hola, hola!' At first the kids had no idea what Spanish was when I explained it in English, after a brief translation from the new leader teacher they had the concept clear in their minds. Bringing in how to use greetings and forms of self-expression and emotions in Spanish that were both positive and negative. Spanish became something that the parents really loved being incorporated into our daily class routine, some children had been born in the USA, it was crucial for them to understand some simple Spanish terms. Bringing Spanish onto the language board in the English corner allowed the children to explore weather and the days of the week.
The Summer period saw many of the older children progress onto their respective elementary schools, being a part of those kids learning journey was the best because I was thinking about making my own sweet way away from the company. August 2019 brought me back to reality, one month before the beginning of my final semester within Rainbow Class we focussed on 'Space' and the 'Solar System'. During that month we had many children start their transition from the Nursery Class, I was flattered that they had picked Rainbow Class! Revisiting some of the songs and concepts that I had taught within my previous campus in Wuhan gave me a sense of familiarity. One of the new children that had moved from the Nursery Class especially loved the 'Moon' from the book 'Look Inside Space', he asked me 'Joseph, can I go to the Moon?' I replied in English 'Of course you can! With hard work and determination, anything is possible!' My open style was something his parents had wanted, their child had been to Nursery in London.