There’s a variety of international teaching programs that offer employment to students in the form of English teaching. These are particularly popular in Asia (Japan’s JET, Korea’s EPIK, just to name a few). While many of my friends (including HNC students, prior to their enrollment) have enjoyed such experiences, I’d like to talk about a different kind of English teaching going on in Nanjing.
There’s a volunteer program at the HNC called the Migrant Student Learning Initiative (MSLI). It was started a few years back by the HNC’s Professor Armstrong-Taylor and current American Academic Coordinator Angela Chang (MAIS ’12). They wanted to create a volunteer opportunity with both immediate as well as long-term direct impact on the community.
This year, five pairs of Chinese-International student teachers were recruited to go to a local migrant children school every weekend. These kids come from migrant or rural backgrounds, and are not privileged to the same opportunities as urban children who attend the city’s public schools. At the school, they are assigned to one of three majors: electrician, chef, and service staff. Their school collaborates with top hotels in Nanjing with the goal of providing training for these kids to be able to be employed after graduation. Since these hotels host many international travelers, understanding of the English language and Western culture forms an important aspect of the job.
|This year's MSLI teachers on Halloween|
|Nanfei's class bobbing for apples|
|A turnip rose made by one of Nanfei's students|
|A student's dream of what they'd like to be in the future|