Trip Start Jun 01, 2009
46Trip End Sep 03, 2009
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Oh well, back to the story – I decided to go ahead and get to Dalian before my contract began and enroll in their TEFL course. So, I arrived on July 2 and my classes began on July 3. I am living in Kai fa qu, therefore, to get to Dalian for the training I take the bus to the light rail station and then take the light rail to Dalian and then the bus to the school location which takes about 1 ½ hours from my apartment. I do that each morning and on the way home I have to get to the light rail station before 8 pm because that is when the last train heads back home
Ok – really – back to the story. I arrived in Dalian on the 3rd and met 4 other new recruits to Aston Schools. Wes, Tim, Jamyl, and Fraser. Fraser is from New Zealand but the rest of us are from the US. Lisa and Chris are our instructors and the classes began. After a couple days of class we all worked on our lesson plan and taught some small children. None of us died, so that was a good sign. We then taught another children class and an adult class. We were able to get some constructive feedback along the way so it was very helpful. And we all felt like we were getting better with each lesson. Finally, the course came to an end and we all received our certificates. Then those guys all headed to the airport to fly to their new locations and I caught the light rail back to Kai fa qu. Two more days of Aston specific training and then a couple of promotional activities and then I will be in a classroom. I am looking forward to it. I will keep you posted.