OK, OK , maybe it was a tad bit narcissistic, but for the last week of class I had students write letters to me. I have a few good justifications: Chinese students can write much better than they can speak, I wanted to get a sense of what they were thinking of the year, I was done teaching, etc.
To be fair, I gave them three options: to write to the next foreign teacher, to write to an American high school student or to write to me. I influenced their decision in no way! J
Some of them are funny, some of them are serious, but I want to include their letters because with such simple language they were able to say a great deal. At least to me. While I may not be able to remember names or faces of my 1,000 students for much longer, these goodbye letters will help me remember what I was doing in China and the relationship I created with my students.
Once, again, sorry for the length. I tried to organize the letters by category. I won’t judge you for skimming, but just remember I read all 1,000!
Thank you for teachering me English. I like you class. I wish you can study Chinese better. Chao Wei.
But youll go to America next week, I’m so pity. In a short, keep in touch, Ill miss you.
Welcome to China! Welcome to Changsha! Welcome to our school and our class. I’m very happy in this year because of you. We are playing together and fighting together. My English is pool but you make English funny. I can’t forget the days we were take together. Sky Smith. JiaWei Peng.
In your class, we always be delighted. It’s a very unforgettable experience! May you have favorable winds on the way. Tang Shi Qi. Pagge
In first class, you give me a so good English name. thanks very much. I like sarah, this name. sometimes I’ve a rest in your class. Im sorry. I think I will be a doctor or have myself clothes stores. I also want to go to America. If I got there would you can visit America with me? And I want to learn a song. Sarah Lie.
This term goes by. And you will go to America. I’m very grudge about you. You was loath to part with us. Loath to part with Changsha.
Im glad to meet you and be your student and friend. Though you also punished me but you are my teacher I can’t be angry with you. That’s all, I love you. Edward Class 10.
你是 一 名 好老师. You are a good teacher.
When classes will have finished, and you will return to America. I feel a little upset. You, who remains in my mind is a pretty, outgoing teacher. I know our class usually loudly and speak English (because our English is pool..) that make you feel angry. But I really hop that you will forget it, leave a pleaant memory in china! Wish you a fantastic trip in china, I will still miss you! Best wishes, wang ying zhou. Amy.
But I is very sorry. Because I told you I would talk to you. But I don’t go to office. I am very shy and I am afraid to speak English. Because I will have a fault of grammar.
I love your class and you are a good teacher. But I love a girl, she is beautiful. Her name is LiuSha and you should know her. Ha ha.. You always my teacher, ChenZiQiao.
I want to let you know a adj. It’s significantly indispensable. There are 26 letters. How smart I am! ^-^! Jeff. K1105.
My name is Wang Yu Xuan. And my English name is steven. America always is a country where I really want to have a look, even take a trip. And I know whats the difference from ‘developing country’ and developed country’ from you. Your oral English class is very lively, which I love it very much. If you don’t care, id like to talk to you and it can help my spoken English make a progress. Yours, Wang Yu Xuan.
I want to go abroad. I want to go to University in USA. I couldn’t understand anything in your class. So I usually go to slep on the class, I have headache while I go to class. But I also thankful for you because I like the USA. Do you understand? I guess you know.
I like you class very much. I want to have more classes with you. But unluckily we cant. I think you really lots beautiful and kindful. Although we only spent one year with other. I will also miss you. My spoken English teacher. I feel unlucky that we don’t enjoy English club that I cant talk more with you. Whatever. I will remember it. Wang jia xin. Tony.
I never think you are our teacher. I just feel you are our sister or best friend. I like you. You are the best kind of teacher who I have see. I don’t know can you know my feeling, but I just want to let you know: Maybe you will cant meet again, but I will remember you. Good lucky. Hope you beautiful better and better ^-^!
On my future:
You learned some Chinese from us. I’m thankful for this. Wish you have a good family. Marry soon! Have a baby soon! -Fan YiYi
I will always miss you like a darling.
I am sorry to hear you will leave tomorrow. I want to tell you something: No. 1 I love you No. 2 I will miss you No. 3 Thank you No. 4 I hope we will meet in the future No. 5 I hope you can find a handsome, rich and kind husband. No matter what you think of me, I will love you forever.
I think I am very like you. To learn from yourself, I become more happily. Because you always laugh. I argue with myself that my English is so bad. I want to say too much to you but I cant use words. Sometimes, I think in the future I will go to America because I have a dream that travel around the world. I hope we can be friends for a long time. I think the friendship is no nation. I want to play with you in America when I grow up. But that time maybe you will have your babies. I had two foreign teachers before. They are all from USA but they are the man and they aren’t friendly. … I hope you will be more beautiful then have a good boyfriend and happy everyday. Your dear, Watermelon. K5.
I think we needn’t more words. I just want to tell you that: kind people will have good lucky. Hope you have the life that you want. We love you.
I hope that Zhounan can give you a good dream.
I wish you have a brilliant future. I wish your lovers eventually become spouses. May you enjoy happiness in this earthly world. Every beginning is only a sequel after all. And, the book of events is always open halfway through. Thank you, Shirley.
I have a dream. I want to take a trip to Taipei. Do you know Taipei? A province of China. If I can someday I must come to visit you. That year, you will have a baby? Or two? Or… five? Ha Ha. Happy life! I will have a happy life too. Tree. K117
Hello Miss Cool-T. Im sorry to hear you are going back to the America. America is good. America is cool. Sir, welcome to the U.S.A. And I get to tell you. You could really go to New Jercy. That’s a good place. In chinese tradition, I hope you can get marry soon, have a lovely family, including a husband and son. Goodbye and Goodluck.
On China + America:
China is great, and America also is. We are a family in Earth! Scott Lu
America is a out-going girl. I love it. I have been to Hawaii, it’s a great place. There people was so friendly. I have two friends in Hawaii, I miss them. –ZhouDan Lei
In a fact. I really want to go to America. But I heard that many American hate Chinese. Because many chinese have bad quality in other country. I think I can’t. I hope I have chance to see you. Miss T. I really love your class. And I think you so beautiful. And I love beyonce. Bye Bye. My name is YuLingLIng. Could you remember me?
Don’t forget a girl is honor of you so much in China. – Megan (the English name you gave me!)
We, class 21, is a special class different from other classes in ZhouNan. We are from a northwestern province called XinJiang. There are many peoples there so we’re taken care of by the governemtn. Because of that we could study in Zhounan. So it’s a wonderful chance for me to meet you! My dream is to go to Beijing Foreign Language university. – Shirley(used to ) Elf (now)
Dear Commisit Miss T,
We don’t forget you and you cant forget me. All over, I can play Facebook. In FB< my name is Zeng BinHeng. I’m your commander. Comrade Zeng. (***remember him!!)
What’s your view about China’s GaoKao? I think it is so bad. We study many years. If we haven’t pass it. That means we are waste the time before GaoKao. How about the USA? Maybe the students in America doesn’t be boring. Chary. Chen Yuan Yuan.
I hates college entrance examination (GaoKao) very much. I even don’t know whether I will still alive after Senior 3- XiaoXuan David.
Through your class, I put my hand in bravely among this times and know many things about high school in America. –ZhouQiShan K1117
One year, after that exam, my life has changed after that exam. I didn’t go to my dream high school. I think my future is black. I came to Zhounan and met Miss T, friends and teachers. I think this must be a new begin. And my life will have a new sun rose. That will be beautiful!
I know you want to get out the China. I’ll miss you forever. Next, I’ll tell you stories about me. In my 6 year old. I went to New York City with my father. I think it is a very nice city. I stay at there 2 months. I learned much thing. When I back to China. Only two years. My father was dead. Im very sad. But I did many thing to make me feel happy. But the most good thing is learn English. that’s made me very happy. –Kevin Kennidy. C2.
Hello! Welcome to ChangSha! I like study. In my family. My grandparents were die. But I don’t feel cry. Because I am strong. In my family all the people were crying. In last summer, I learned English. I remember GuoQiaoMiXian from Yunnan. Your Student, Li Ke, Class 4, Chu Yi J1.
Shuai Ge’s making moves:
To: Continey (maybe …have..a little wrong) Im so sad. That you have to go back to American. You’re so …. Nice. I cant describe how nice you are. Maybe like this >——-(> < )——< longer and longer. You have sweet voice. White skin. Brown hair… and…hot…body. Ha ha… I think I will remember you forever in the future. So.. you will not forget me. Don’t you?China is a complicate country. I have seen some many dirty things. Dirty person. Maybe will change in the future. Love, Anthoney, CiZiYang
Oh Miss T. I want to tell you a secret. I very like the color of your hair.
A riddle: AAABBBBDDDEEEAABDFF..
The answer: Long time no see (CCC) Do you think very funny? –LiMinHui. K10.
Dear Mr. T: I like your class very much. Its very interesting. And movies are very well. You are very beautiful. I like your eyes. They are blue. I like this color.
I know. Only know. You are beautiful very much NOW. Yang Zhi Chao
The year you in Zhounan must be fun. Zhounan is a beautiful school, and there are many beautiful girls and handsome guys in Zhounan, if you miss them, you can come back to see us. –Everlasting friend, You can call me Zhong or Uncle.
Hey I just miss you, and this is crazy, but here’s my QQ, so call me maybe?
Change the “Call me, Maybe..” Hey Miss T, I love you. Miss your smile. Time run so fast. I love you baby. Love you so sweet. You make me happy. So I just miss. Much too love. (look at the first words) J
I like you very much because you know how to make your life colorful. I will talk more with you by QQ, wait for me.
Next year, I will wear long hair and I don’t know if I could see you, but I hope “yes!”
I like your curly hair. You are very interesting. Puck. Chen Ya Zheng
Oh, I don’t know what I can say. But miss T I wish you will be good-looking.
You are beautiful. But I wish you to get slim. Because slim can let you more beautiful. I from Changsha. Please remember the city and these lovely children, ok? Last. Im chinese, you are American. Were from two countries, but we are friends. Love, Zoe
When we meet you first in class. We all said: Look, so beautiful girl! Of course. We said in Chinese. >_< And when you speak a little Chinese. Do you know why we keep smile? Not because you speak not well. We all think when you speak Chinese, you are so cute. At last: What about your PROM? Can you tell me?
I think you class is a little exciting. Before I’m afraid of speaking English in public. But now, I can speak English loudly.
I learn love and fun from your class. I think I become more outgoing.
Your classes are so interesting that I listen so carefully. I think that my spoken English has improved a lot. –Zhou Jian LI/Lucy K5.
My English is very pool, so I didn’t know what you said. But I can feel that your classes are interesting.
I have learned many things for you, so thanks. I talk something about myself. I become stronger. Taller. Know the world and America. I am a outgoing boy so I want to become a freedom poet. I like this feeling. I have a big dream. That is change the world.
In the past year, I did many things, which I haven’t ever done before. It’s a good experience for me. I am a shy girl. However, in your class, I sang, danced and spoke loudly. I even cant believe that I did this. –Zhong Rou Han
In your class, I’m learn so much. Such as I’m from close to more outgoing. I think its good! I hope that we can often connect after you back to America. (Use the QQ) I want to know more American culture from you and I want to go to America to watch the NBA. (Boston!)
You make me happy. I think you respect me. I like it. To my surprise, you like Allen Iverson too and your hometown is a great city because 76er. I answered some questions. I think you are humorous and patient. Final, best wishes to you. I will go to American to play NBA. Believe me. YW.
And perhaps a concrete example of how Spoken English does have a place in the Chinese Education system. Just yesterday Dove received her GaoKao Score: 141/150 -English 594/750 -Total.
Its difficult to explain the score because each University in each province has different requirements, but from my research I know that her English score is way above average. Now she has 2 weeks to decide her University and Major, stay tuned.