Pascal – teaching practicum in Beijing

Southampton student Pascal spent one month in summer 2018 volunteering as an English teacher in Beijing, completing the teaching practicum component of his 150 hour TEFL course.

How was your experience on your teaching practicum?

The program was a great experience for personal growth and learning. It was well organised even with some difficulties at the start and upon arriving, the organisers did well to get us settled.

Teaching the kids was exciting and challenging at times but always rewarding.

How will the program help with your future career/ studies?

I gained lot of personal development, improved mandarin and better understanding of Chinese culture.

There were many transferable skills but most notably interpersonal skills when working with groups or transferring information.

What was your favourite/ most memorable moment?

The bonfire nights, sports activities and emotional goodbyes!

Honestly, there were so many memorable moments, it’s hard to pick just one…

Would you recommend the program to a friend and why?

Yes, it beats any other summer camp programme I know of and is a good experience.

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