I’m Hanqing Yang, a graduate student from Binghamton University study in education department. My major is education studies and most of the courses I took related to English teaching (TESOL program). During my undergraduate, I studied Chinese linguistics and literature also received the Chinese teacher certification in China.
During my undergraduate, I was a class-teacher in a community college in my hometown. This is, the first time I worked as a Chinese teacher, therefore, I seemed like clumsy of my teaching in the first place, then after I talked to some experienced teachers and watched their classes I realized confident is very important. Then after the 3-month practicing I saw real improvements of my own.
After the graduation of my undergraduate, I worked in a private academy in my hometown as a tutor, tutoring mathematics and TOEFL vocabularies for almost 10 months. This was the first time I worked under an English-only atmosphere, which used to be a huge challenge to me. However, after the 10-month practicing I found I seemed more confident and independent in teaching, also I knew how to get along with my students.
In the first semester of my graduate school, I participated in a writing tutor program in Johnson City Middle School tutoring argumentative writing. In the very beginning of this program I found really concerned about teaching foreign students who do not speak Chinese, however, I thought I could regard this program as another opportunity for improving my English. Although I still have some problems in teaching, after all this practicing I felt more confident than before.
During the summer 2017, I was teaching STARTALK, which is teaching Chinese as a foreign language. The program was focusing on assessments and backward design, which I learned a lot and accumulate many teaching experiences. The most difficulties for me is the learning plan but since I talked to many experienced teacher, I felt writing became more fluent.