Charlotte is a friend of mine. She is a homestay student in grade 12. Charlotte is from China and she said that I could interview her about her education experiences in China and Canada.
Here is the interview!
Me: Tell me about your education experience in China?
Charlotte: I lived at my school in China. We would wake up each morning at 6:00 am to be at our first class by 6:30 am. I had five classes in the morning and three classes in the afternoon. After supper each day I had study hall for three hours.
Me: Was this a good experience for you?
Charlotte: This was not a good experience because everyone was very tired because we did not get a lot of sleep. Often students would sleep through class.
Me: How were you disciplined?
Charlotte: The teachers would send you home or call your family and tell them what you have done.
Me: How did your teachers in China use technology in the classroom?
Charlotte: The teachers had powerpoint presentations for almost every class because there was so many notes to take. We wrote out all the notes.
Me: What is the best and worst parts of education in Canada?
Charlotte: The best part of education in Canada is that students can choose what classes they are interested in and wanted to take. I have not found anything to be the worst part of education in Canada.
Me: How do you stay connected with your family and friends in China?
Charlotte: I use Skype every night to chat face to face with my family and friends. I also use Twitter, MSN and Facebook to communicate.
Me: What are your future education plans?
Charlotte: I plan to go to the University of Regina. I will take business at university. I plan on staying in Canada for now and possibly for the future.
I found this interview very interesting. I enjoy learning about other education experiences. I am continually amazed at students that are EAL learners. These students often succeed in education even though they go through so much trials. They must learn a new culture and language and they are away from their family and friends for a long period of time. I hope you find this as interesting as I found this interview.
Charlotte (lf), me (rt) at the Olympic Torch Relay in Regina 2010.