My speech on the NZ training centre opening ceremony of SJTU
Welcome to the New Zealand Training Centre Signing Ceremony of Shanghai Jiao Tong University Graduate Students.
My name is Song Jiao, I am one of the graduate students whose major is Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages back home in China. Today I am honored to speak on behalf of all the Mandarin Language Assistants from our University.
I have been in New Zealand for two months and this is my first time traveling out of China.
I still remember the day when I first knew that I had passed the interview of the Confucius Institute and was given the opportunity of coming here to Auckland to teach Mandarin for a year. After a short while of unbelievable feeling about the news and excitement, to tell the truth, a huge panic hit me. I began to worry about leaving home for such a long time and for such a long distance. Questions began building in my mind.
What was I going to do if I missed home,or if I could not get used to the climate, the food, accommodation, the culture, school. Then what about the children that I would teach. Would they like me? Would I be a good teacher?
So I called mum for her advice. I said, “Mum, I’m leaving you for a year. Will you miss me? I asked her that question just like a little girl.
My mum replied, “Come on, you are 24 years-old. Go and experience a different life. You would be foolish to lose such a wonderful opportunity.
Now she sounds a little regretful. Yesterday we spoke by phone and she told me that she missed me very much and asked me when was I returning home.
“Mum I enjoy my life and my work here. I have so much fun, and there are still more experiences waiting for me. Of course I miss you too. ”That’s all I could tell her.