Philosophy of Education

When students are convinced their teachers respect and care about them personally and believe that neither their English errors nor their "stupid" questions will cause them to lose that respect and concern, they are more prone to ask their questions and try to communicate, even when they aren't sure they're saying something correctly. I believe every student and every culture is worthy of respect. I want my students to recognize the logic that is behind their own cultural values and the logic behind the cultural values of the English-speaking countries to which many of them hope their mastery of English will open educational and business doors. By striving to free by students from the fear of losing face, I can enable them to focus on actively learning English. By modeling and actively teaching them to look for the logic behind every culture, I can foster in tehm not only linguistic preparation for interaction with an international word, but also the respect for other cultures and peoples that opens doors to effective international relationships on an educational, research, business, or personal level.

Teaching Experience

Xiamen Educational College

199 Binlang Xili, Xiamen, Fujian 361004, People's Republic of China

Dates: September 2004-June 2006

Courses Taught: Oral English; Pronunciation; Listening and Speaking; Selected Readings in Newspapers and Magazines; American Literature; Writing; Business English; American Survey (including American history, geography, government, economics, education, etc.)

Students: traditionally aged undergraduate English majors or working adults (primarily middle school English teachers or government employees). Students' level of English ability primarily ranged from low-intermediate to high-intermediate.

Reference: Ursula (Zhiwen) Wu, Foreign Language Department Director--zhiwen@xmcu.cn