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外教Sofia老师写给新任外教的一封信
发布时间:2015-07-07   点击:   来源:   作者:柏晓峰

Dear new AYC teacher,

你好!Welcome to Changzhou! ? I hope you’re excited to start the new school year. The students and teachers at Tian Jia Bing are really quite wonderful people. Everyone in the English offices speak English extremely well so don’t be shy about speaking with them! I’m not sure of your level of Chinese but it might be helpful to learn some with the foreign exchange students since they will be having Chinese lessons.

To help you get settled, here are some directions to the main shopping street (南大街) Nan da jie. When you are outside of the apartment on 吊桥路 diaoqiao road, with you back facing the mall, go left until you see a bridge on your left. MAKE A RIGHT (don’t go over the bridge) and once you see H&M, you’re in the downtown shopping area! Walmart will be to your left and if you keep going into the mall complex on the right, you will find TESCO. If you have a smart phone, you can download Bai Du maps, it’s super super helpful.

If you are in front of the apartment building facing the river park (the side of the apartment building with the door), walk to the river park and make a right. If you continue to walk along the river you will encounter the old city wall AND if you go all the way, you’ll see on your right, INJOY mall which has a really nice movie theater and a lot of shops worth checking out.

If the school offers you a position in the middle school, TAKE IT! It’s totally worth it to work with the younger students once a week. They are terribly sweet and more receptive to silly games and drawing activities than the high schoolers. It’s a heartwarming experience for sure.

Because all of your direct colleagues are practically fluent in English, asking them for help or recommendations will be a life-saver. From restaurants to gym memberships, these guys will make sure you go to the best places and get the best deals. Oh! Having a bike is really helpful. If you want a second hand one, your colleagues can definitely help you with that.

So as you’ll figure out, the internet situation in China is not ideal. HOWEVER here are some great sites for watching movies and tv shows: Youku.com iqiyi.com and bilibili.com Everything on bilibili is free and a lot of the time it has movies that are still in theaters in the states! You can also search for movies/shows on baidu aw well.

he rice cooker is AMAZING!!! You can basically cook anything in there. There are a ton of rice cooker recipes online. I made some cakes and pumpkin pies for the office and they were always well received ?.

Textbooks textbooks textbooks. I am not sure if AYC is still promoting the world sense books - Tian Jia Bing has them! Honestly, they are great books. I think the stories and images are really interesting HOWEVER the students already have English textbooks from their daily English class so they are already memorizing vocabulary and grammar from that. It’s up to you which textbook you want to use. I used a little bit of both. Also, just a heads up! The students learn British English so get ready to see “favourite”, “learnt”, and “theatre”!

The school canteen is incredibly convenient and CHEAP AS FUDGE! You’ll get a meal card with money on it within the first week. Breakfast is actually so good but I think I had it only three times because it’s served really early in the morning.

Last but not least, HAVE FUN! For realzies. All of the school events are great. Sports day is a blast and it’s a great way to socialize with the students and the teachers. Hang out in the office even if it’s just to read a book or watch something on your computer – the wifi is good and you’ll feel more immersed in the English office community.

Have an amazing year with these amazing people!

Sofia Goldberg

 

译:

亲爱的新AYC老师:

你好!欢迎来到常州!我希望你能愉快地开始新的一学年。田家炳中学的老师和学生都很棒。英语办公室的每一位同事都能用英语跟你流利地交流,因此你不必感到害羞。我不知道你的汉语水平如何,但是不用担心,因为他们学校有外国留学生,有专门的汉语课程,你可以和他们一起学习。

为了帮助你尽快定居下来,我为你提供一些去主要购物街(南大街)的路线。当你走出公寓,来到吊桥路,左拐,直到你看到左边的一座桥,然后右拐(不要过桥),你一旦看到H&M(一家大型商店),那你已经在市中心的购物区了!沃尔玛超市在你的左边。如果你继续走,你会看到TESCO(乐购)。如果你有智能手机,你可以下载百度地图,它超级有用!

如果你走出公寓,往北走,你会看到古城墙,那里还有INJOY(国际吾悦广场),你去那儿可以看电影,还有很多值得一逛的商店。

学校还会安排你去初中上课,你一定要去!因为每周去给初中学生上一次课很有价值。比起高中的学生,那里的学生很可爱,在课上更愿意做一些小游戏,画画。这一定会是一段温馨的体验。

你所有的同事都会用英语跟你流利地交流,所以如果在生活中遇到什么问题,尽管大胆地向他们咨询或求助。不管你是要去饭店,还是要去办健身卡,你的同事都会给你最好的建议,用最便宜的价格,享受最好的服务。对了,你最好买辆自行车。如果你想买辆二手自行车,你的同事一定也能帮助你买到。

正如你所能预料到的,中国的网络环境不是很理想。然而,这里有一些不错的网站可以看电影,看电视节目:Youku.com,iqiyi.com,bilibili.com. Bilibili 网站上的东西是免费的,很多时候,上面的电影就是电影院刚刚上映的。你也可以在百度网站上搜索你要的电影。

电饭锅真的是个好东西。基本上你可以在里面做任何东西。网上有很多使用电饭锅做饭的菜谱。我为办公室同事做过蛋糕,南瓜派,很受欢迎。

关于教材问题。我不确定AYC是否还在推广《感知世界》教材,反正田家炳中学有。老实说,这个书不错,里面的故事和图片很有意思,但是学生在他们日常的学习中已经有英语教材了,因此他们已经在记忆词汇,学习语法。所以你自己决定你想用的教材。我是两者结合使用。对了,请注意!学生学习的是英式英语,因此准备好听到“favourite”,“learnt”和“theatre”等词汇。

学校的食堂很方便,也很便宜! 你到校的第一个星期,就会拿到一张饭卡。食堂也提供不错的早饭,但我只吃过三次,因为早饭供应得比较早。

最后也是最重要的一点,玩得开心!学校的活动很丰富。运动会是一个狂欢日,也是跟学生和同事建立关系的一个很好的方式。在办公室随意走走,不管是讨论一本书,还是在电脑上看一些东西。

希望你和田家炳中学的这些好同事一起度过难忘的一年!

                                                                          Sofia Goldberg

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