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Enjoy life as a foreign teacher in Jinan: Vince Maul

2016/8/31 15:42:08   source:sdchina.com

  Vince was giving a lecture to the students. (Photo provided sdchina.com)

  Vince poses for a photo in Mt. Tai. (Photo provided sdchina.com)

  Vince Maul has been worked in Jinan for four years. Vince is from Cleveland, Ohio a city in northeastern America. He is a foreign language teacher at the Jinan Foreign Language School. Vincent said he really enjoys teaching at this school and would love to stay here for a long time. “I can only work at this school for five years. It’s the rule. So I have to leave after my five years are up,” said Vince. “But I can stay in China and hopefully find another job. Maybe I can move to another city.”

  Aside from making money, enthusiasm in teaching is another key reason for Vince to be a teacher. That’s maybe him inseparable from his family environment. Vince’s mother, who had retired years ago, and his sister both are teachers. And his brother also engages in education as a director of a school.

  “I enjoy teaching. Though sometimes the kids are very naughty, I have my ways of dealing with them,” said Vince. Vince majored in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and got his Master’s degree.

  Opportunity brought Vince to Jinan to be an English teacher. When he decided to come to China, he mailed his resume to many schools in China and the Jinan Foreign Language School was the first who responded to him and invited him to teach in the school. Being informed by one of his Chinese friends that this school is a renowned school in China, he made up his mind that Jinan would be the city he lived in China.

  For his first few weeks in Jinan Foreign Language School, it was not so easy for Vince to teach as he cannot speak Chinese and the kids had no learning fundamentals of English. But soon he figured out how to reach his students based on his educational background and experiences in dealing with kids. Now his teaching is moving in the right direction.

  Some kids are quite interested in English and speak well while some are too shy to talk to Vince. Vince’s way to deal with it is to teach students in accordance with their aptitude.

  Though there is only 35 minutes for each class, Vince insists on questioning students one by one to ensure every student gets a chance to express themselves. Vince attaches great importance to “speaking out” on English learning.

  Travel is also an amazing thing Vince fascinated on. He has been in many cities of China during his vacations, like Taian, Beijing, Xiamen, and so on. Vince said one of the things that made him a little uncomfortable when he first arrived in China is people always asking him for a photo. But over time, he came to understand why they wanted to take photos with him and it made him appreciate the people even more. Now he is also a selfie-aholic. “Now I take pictures every day.” For Vince, one of the greatest pleasures for travel is to keep meeting new people and learning new things.

  Vince said he prefers to live in cities near the sea with good environment, so he wants to find a job in Rizhao or Yantai in the future.

  Vince poses for a photo in the Great Wall. (Photo provided sdchina.com)

  Vince learned Chinese traditional archery in Jinan, capital of east China’s Shandong Province. (Photo provided sdchina.com)

  Vince enjoyed Chinese tea in friend’s teahouse in Jinan, capital of east China’s Shandong Province. (Photo provided sdchina.com)

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