When I talked with Zoe for Podcast #5 she mentioned Reuben and his store Eleventh Monk3y as someone I should do a podcast with. He allowed Zoe to use his space for her bake sale and he agreed to sit down with me to talk about growing up in Phoenix and the adventures that led him to opening Eleventh Monk3y in its current location on Grand Ave in downtown Phoenix.
Reading up on Teaching English in China and learning more about the Educational System there. Its definitely a whole nother world. From what it sounds like most students don’t take the Foreign English teacher seriously but there are a few that do.
A Typical Day in the Life of a Chinese Student
If I had to come up with just one word to describe a typical day in the life of a Chinese student, that word would be exhausting. They generally wake up around 6:30 to 7:00 in the morning and begin classes by 8:00 a.m. In many universities throughout China, classes begin as early as 7:40 in the morning. They will typically attend between four to five 40- to 50-minute periods in the morning, and as many as three to four 40- to 50-minute periods in the afternoon with a ten-minute break between each period. Primary and secondary schools usually close between 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., and many of these students will then attend some extracurricular activity such as music lessons after school before returning home and commencing their homework. Universities also schedule evening classes that typically end around 9:30 p.m. Many schools, including universities, impose mandatory study halls in the late afternoon or evening hours, and attendance is taken by a faculty monitor. The amount of daily homework they receive tends to be massive and students report usually having to stay up until 11:00 p.m. to midnight in order to complete it.
My take is that you have to keep it light, fun, and interesting. Don’t think that you are going to save the world, see it more as prying open a crack of interest in not just learning English but getting exposure to another culture.