Testimonial

Ellie – Suzhou, Jiangsu Province


Hi! My name is Ellie and I come from a town in the North of England called Preston. I have a small family, consisting of my father, Stephen, my mother, Susan, and my older sister, Katie. My father is an art teacher, my mother is a social worker and my sister works in international development in Edinburgh. I have two cats called Malibu and Kimi who have been part of our family for 12 years. I have never had a definite idea of what I wanted to do, but always enjoyed arts. I danced (ballet and ballroom), did drama, gymnastics and enjoyed drawing in my free time. I eventually discovered that turning to academia would be the safest option for my future and went onto study Law, Film Studies, and Combined English at A-level. I continued with my gymnastics throughout my studies at college. I also love to travel. I like to see as many places as I can and am very keen to continue travelling.

哈喽!我的名字叫做埃莉,我来自英格兰北部一个叫做普雷斯顿的小镇。我有一个甜蜜的小家庭,包括我爸爸史蒂芬,妈妈苏珊和姐姐凯蒂。我的父亲是一名艺术教师,我母亲是一位社会工作者,我的姐姐在爱丁堡国际发展协会工作。我还有两个叫做马里布和基米的猫咪,它们陪伴我们一家人度过了12年,已经是我们家不可缺少的一份子了。年轻的我对未来从事什么工作还没有一个清晰的想法,但我对艺术总有着无法割舍的热爱。我学过舞蹈(芭蕾和交谊舞),演过戏剧,练过体操,在业余时间也喜欢画画。但最终我做出了对未来生活最为稳妥的选择:回归学术,继续研究法律、影视学和英国中学高级水平的英语考试。当然在中学期间,我始终没有放弃过对体操的练习。我也热爱旅游,总是想要尽一切可能去到更多地方,看到更多风景。我想我会继续保持这份对旅行的热爱的。

I went on to study History at the University of Derby which I enjoyed very much. I specialized ininternational history and wrote my dissertation on the British response to genocide in Bosnia and Rwanda. I decided to take a module on Chinese history in my third year and developed a strong interest in Chinese history and culture. It was then that my partner (who also took this module) and I decided to applyto come to China. I realized that international experience and a new language would benefit me very much in my future. With China’s ever growing place in the world and my strong interest in the country, coming to teach here would be the best way to gain the experience I wanted. Not only would I gain the many applicable skills offered by teaching English as a foreign language, but I would also learn a new language and get to experience China’s unique culture.

在德比大学,我转而学习我非常喜欢的历史学,专攻世界历史。我的毕业论文主题是围绕英国社会如何看待波士尼亚与卢旺达的种族灭绝。在大学的第三学年,我选修了中国历史,因此对中国的历史与文化产生了强烈的兴趣。也就是在那个时候,我和我的小伙伴决定申请去中国工作。我意识到,海外工作经历与一门新的外语对我的未来大有裨益。随着中国国际地位的提升,加上我对这个文明古国的巨大兴趣,来中国教书无疑是我获取海外经历的最佳途径。在这里,我不仅能掌握工作中所需要的各种实用教学技能,更能学到一门外语,并且体验中国的特色文化。

My time in China so far has been extremely hectic but also exciting. Throughout the training I got to work at a very welcoming school, which provided me with a great opportunity to practice teaching. I met lots of new people, and learned new skills in the TEFL training. Since moving to Suzhou I have felt very at home. The locals have been kind and always there to help. I have enjoyed the teaching and over all I feel that I have already learned a lot from China.

初到中国,我的生活异常忙碌,但又非常精彩。在培训期间,我在一个非常热情友好的学校工作,并得到了一个很棒的实习机会。在那里我遇到了很多新的朋友,并学习了新的教学技巧。来到苏州以后,我竟体验到了宾至如归的感觉,苏州当地的人们非常友好并且乐于助人。我享受着自己的教学工作,也在中国这个国度学到了不少新东西。