Shantu – teaching practicum Beijing

Engineering student Shantu from the University of Southampton spent five weeks volunteering as an English teacher in Beijing. This enabled him to complete the teaching practicum requirement for his 150 hour TEFL course.

How was your experience on your teaching practicum?

It was one of the best summers I’ve ever had, the programme totally immerses you in a new culture. Straight off the plane you’re confronted with new foods and customs. 

I also completed a homestay week, which I highly recommend as it’s the kind of experience you won’t get anywhere else – it takes a native to really show off Beijing.

Would you recommend doing this teaching practicum to a friend and why?

Definitely, it was a very affordable way to travel over summer.

Others on the programme got even more bang for their buck by continuing travelling after the programme to take advantage of the paid for flights.

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

This real-life experience allows you to develop the kind of skills an employer really looks for, like being able to improvise when needed, make executive decisions, and being dependable. As you are just as important to the students as the experience is to you.

Most notably I learnt to adapt the way I transfer information to someone. The teaching experience meant you had to sometimes adapt to a language barrier, change according to group sizes, and vary to different ages.

What was your favourite/ most memorable moment?

Unquestionably the homestay week, you can go anywhere as a tourist but often you’ll only visit a certain place or restaurant once.

It takes someone who lives there to take you to the places they keep going back to.

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