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【邑大外教采访】Karyn的口语课是怎样的?

大12帝国2018-03-20 09:10:48

上口语课难吗?

我英语不好到底能不能听懂?

外教的考试容易过吗?

外教的课有什么不一样?

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        英语口语课想必大多邑大学子一点都不陌生,因为学校要求我们要修够一定的英语模块分。大多数口语课都是外教授课,而来自加拿大的Karyn,便是其中一个在五邑授课的英语外教。


        很荣幸Karyn接受了我们公众号的采访,本期推文笔者将会跟大家介绍邑大外教Karyn,以及她的有趣课堂体验。

(Karyn与她的三个孩子)

Why do you live in China instead Canada?

Max

Karyn

There are a few answers to this question...

Karyn

1) I really love China and Chinese students!


2) My work life is much more relaxed here...usually only 2 classes each day and lots of holidays during Chinese New Year and the summer.


3) Also I think Canadian education is too relaxed...I think for primary school my children will get a better education in China - as well since they are half Chinese it’s important that they can speak, read & write Chinese - I think being fluent in English and Chinese will help them get a better job in the future.

So why do you choose to be a teacher?

Max

Karyn

 Actually I had no plan to become a teacher (teaching was not my major) but I wanted to live in China so teaching in China is the easiest way for foreigners to get a job. 


Karyn很快能记住你的样子与名字

        这篇文章的开头作者那一栏写着Max,其实就是在Karyn的第一节课堂上,小编给自己选择的英文名。和大多数外教一样,Karyn在第一节课就让大家确定好自己的英文名,称呼在口语课上确实是非常重要,Karyn会在前两节课就记住了班上几十号同学的英文名。每次到学生发言、或跟学生交流的时候她都能说出对方的英文名。在两节课内就能记住班里学生的样子和名字,对我来说确实不易。

(Karyn与她的父母、哥哥和妹妹)


Karyn喜欢课前练习发音

        考勤方面,Karyn的方式不会让你感到是一种点名报到。小编所上的那节课的早上的第一节课,Karyn每次都是提前5分钟进入课室,永远都是一边的手提着小包捧着教材或者道具(对,她喜欢带一些与课堂主题有关的实物来讲课,例如各种药品、苹果蜡烛、圣诞袜、印上诗的卷轴等等),另一边是她离不开的保温水瓶。到了上课开始,她都会在黑板上写下三个我们容易发音不正确的单词,强调正确的发音方式,让学生轮流读出单词发音,这其实就是一种考勤方式的转变,点名和练发音相结合。发音正确的话会相应的表扬与鼓励,发音有误也会耐心纠正。


        比较有印象的就是她所强调“th”的发音,“Just like you are eating the ice cream”,她顺势把舌头伸出来,配合着手势,做出一个正在津津舔着冰激凌的动作,来强调让我们理解“th”发音舌头小突出齿间的重要性,这个动作会引起一小阵笑声。

(在第一节课下课时,Karyn丈夫携女儿“探班”)


Would you like to give us students some suggestions to improve english speaking?

Max

Karyn

My suggestion for students to improve their English is to force theirselves to speak English everyday - for example every day in their dormitory they can have “English hour” where there is 1 hour each day when they try and only speak English.

English hour in dormitory, that's fun. Just like English Corner. Acturally I often practice english speaking by the way of pretending I am having an english speech... when I am alone in dormitory.

Max

Karyn

That’s good that you practice English that way!! It’s also good to practice with friends or roommates because if you are having a conversation in English and you don’t know a certain word maybe your friend does and you can learn from each other.


Karyn一直把课堂保持在轻松愉快的气氛里

        引起笑声,引起欢乐,这其实也是Karyn在课堂上一直希望的事。她说自己本身就是比较喜欢说各种笑话,所以在课堂上她偶尔会开一些小玩笑来活跃一下课堂气氛。所以说,Karyn的课堂总会让你觉得轻松,自在,并不会绷紧神经感到压力。


        “不会绷紧神经,不会感到压力”?可能看到这里大家想象中单单是口语课上要听懂听明白英文就是一种绷紧神经的状态,这不禁让我们联想起中学以来各种英语听力测验,那些考试音频素材简直是一种灾难,听得个大概算不错,听不懂但抓到关键词也不错,完全听不懂那就乱答一通......每次听力开始前笔者都会深呼吸一下,想想都是泪。

(其丈夫与女儿合照)

How long have you been here in Jiangmen? How do you think about this city?

Max

Karyn

I have lived in JM since April 2012 - I like JM because the city is not too big and it’s convenient to live in - as well it’s not too far from HK.

It seems like you enjoy travelling,isn’t it? Would u tell us where have you been for travelling?

Max

Karyn

Yes, I love to travel! I have been to more than 10 countries my favourite place to visit is Australia.

Would you mind telling us some interesting experiences in our school or in China?

Max

Karyn

I can’t think of any specific example of an interesting thing but I because I have had the chance to live in China I have met many amazing people that I never would have met if I didn’t live here.


你很容易就能听懂Karyn所说的话

        Karyn的丈夫Caleb是加拿大华裔(不会中文),同样是邑大的外教。目前她们一家人定局在江门已经五年了,因此Karyn会了解一点普通话和粤语的词汇,也仅此而已。课堂上还是全英文授课,不过基本上你都能毫无压力地听懂她说讲的话。“毫无压力”的程度就是你不必像练听力那样绷紧神经去努力专注每一个词,就像平常的聊天交谈那样,放松心态,她所讲的每一句话你都能直接领会意思,不必在心里默默想着怎么翻译这句话。


        为什么要听懂她能这么简单?我们看英语电影电视剧很多时候还是需要字幕帮助理解,但跟她交流能不吃力地听得懂?我认为原因有两个,第一,这是一个针对中国学生的口语课,母语不是英语,英语基础相对薄弱,所以Karyn会在表达上选用简单词汇而不是对学生来说较陌生或复杂的词汇。第二点就是语速,Karyn在课堂上的语速不算慢,但正常语速还是会比课堂上快那么一点,也仅仅是一点,不多。这样一来,语速稍微减一点点的情况下,语句间字词的表达咬字就会更清晰,让学生反应理解的时间就更多,加上句式与单词不复杂,学生就更容易听懂外教所讲的内容。

(Karyn一家人与朋友的合照)


In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between Chinese students and Canadian students?

Max

Karyn

The biggest difference between Chinese and Canadian students is - Chinese students are very good at studying and also very dedicated to their studies...Canadian students, not so much. Canadian students are much more independent then Chinese students.

So,you mean that Canadian students are much more independent. Is that mean Canadian students are not only concentraded on study but other things?

Max

Karyn

Canadian students are more independent - for example they have cars, drivers licenses, jobs, live on their own etc.

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Chinese students are very dedicated to their studies...they understand academics plays a major part in their future.I admire Chinese student’s ability to study.


课堂上Karyn一直尝试让学生有更多机会去表达

        口语交流,除了会听,更重要的就是会说,也就是表达。现阶段我们更大的困难不是在于听,而是在于如何把自己的意思通过英文流畅表达出来。课堂上Karyn会给予同学们很多主动发言的机会,大概都是问对某些事物的看法,还记得一开始第一节课的时候,非常少人敢主动举手发言,到了后来基本就是举手发言的一大堆。一些同学发言就简单一两句话的还好,要是有部分同学的发言说得比较多内容的话,回答完毕时,Karyn会把他们所说的话给全班同学简洁概括一下,并加以评论,好方便全班同学都能明白刚才发言的话。


        除了课堂发言,课间Karyn还会逛逛课室和同学们互动一下,具体互动什么是不定的,例如她有次偶尔见到笔者的手表第一页显示的表盘,她会过来说她挺喜欢这个表盘,会问问这个表哪个品牌和公司之类的;或者看看你草稿上写的课堂答案会跟你聊几句;除此之外,她还会在课堂内让同学们组织一会儿的换座位交流,可以理解成一次简单的英语角活动。以上种种的这些都是在让学生得到更多的听与说的机会。

(karyn与女儿的合照,庆祝一家五口的新生活开始)


I remember that day,you needed a volunteer to say that he had broken your glasses ,so that everyone could see how you acting like the word "angry".


I was the volunteer that day. And what you acted has impressed me,just like you are interested in drama play or somthing.Isn't it?

Max

Karyn

I love drama...but that is just my own interest...I would love to be an actress. 

I love drama too.The charm of drama is irresistible for me. is drama play a compulsory course in  high school of Canada?

Max

Karyn

No, drama is not compulsory in high school but I did choose that course in high school - my high school was REALLY small so we only had one drama course in grade 11.


跟Karyn交流不会感到有过多压力

        所以说,上外教的口语课其实不会有很大压力,这个结论也能适用在Karyn的测验方式上。口语课期中和期末的测验考试,形式基本就是老师和学生的一对一交流。我还很清楚记得那时候期中评测,我进去坐下的姿势——大幅度的向椅背背靠着,左脚小腿横搭在右脚大腿上,后来起身离开的时候才发现自己是这样的坐姿,有点不好意思,不过真的坐得舒服自然。


        舒服归舒服,在测验的考核上Karyn一点不马虎,期中考试其中一个内容就是背诵一首叫“Love Is”的诗,两周前她就告诉我们这首诗所有要注意的发音点,多达约20处,每一处都是加分点。那跟外教交流难不难?笔者认为这个主要还是看心态,笔者自我评价表达能力一般,突然脑里冒出个意思想表达出来的话,句子一般的话没问题;但是语句比较复杂的话会卡顿着说个大概,而且有一定语法错误,一般这种情况Karyn听到个大概还是会理解到意思,交流还是会顺利下去的。

(Karyn一家五口的合影)


Karyn对家这个概念看得很重

        直到截稿这天已经是14周了,Karyn给我们布置了期末考的内容,这也宣告了这一学期的口语课程要步入尾声了,回过头来这个加拿大外教给我们讲了很多有趣的事情和一些交流礼仪方式。这整段过程她很多时候都能把课程或多或少与家庭联系起来,似乎她对家的这个概念看得很重。


        Karyn会在第一节课给你介绍她自己的家人,包括丈夫与孩子,以及自己的爸爸妈妈;她会在课堂中跟你分享自己的小孩一些有趣的事情,回忆自己童年圣诞节妈妈会把水果放进去圣诞袜里撑大袜子;分享自己与丈夫孩子的合照......有一次课的主题是医院,Karyn开头就问大家哪些人进医院会感到开心,大家回答来回答去,都没个所以然。最后她告诉大家答案——孕妇。


        只有孕妇进医院是为了生孩子,这才是开心,Karyn接着就跟大家谈起关于新生命出生的话题,跟大家分享自己在香港和加拿大生孩子经历的不同,这些种种你都会感觉她很喜欢跟大家分享她自己的家庭的趣事,Karyn对家这个概念看得很重。

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Max

Karyn

Actually I don’t have much spare time because I have three children. Usually in my spare time I watch TV with my husband or take my children outside for a walk.

So we all see that you love playing with your kids. l think it is so fun and so happy to play with kids for every parents.

Max

Karyn

I think the best and most important thing I can do in life is raise my children to be thankful and responsible people...I think it’s different in China because I see many children raised by their grandparents.

Karyn

I devote my life to my children but not just to work and make money for them but to give them a life with many different chances and opportunities...

         上英语口语课到底怎么样的体验?起码Karyn给予我们的,是一场有趣生动的课程。


        或许是因为她的家庭,特别是她经常带着的三个孩子,使得她能够在教学方面拥有她自己亲近与耐心的表现。

采访:Max

受访:Karyn

编辑:Max

图片:Karyn


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