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Mrs Calvet, secondary school Mandarin teacher

Mrs Calvet, secondary school Mandarin teacher

  • How long have you been teaching at LFKL?

您在LFKL工作了多长时间?

I started in September 2015, so that’s 4 years now.

我是2015年9月开学的时候来的,已经四年了。

  • Why choose to teach at LFKL?

您为什么会选择这所学校工作呢?

After having taught Chinese in France for 15 years, I felt the wish to evolve in my teaching practices, by being confronted to students with more diverse profiles. In Malaysia, part of the local population speaks Chinese, so it was possible for me to use teaching strategies better adapted to the students here. Their reaction was quite enthusiastic, thanks to their daily exposure to this language, here, in their country.

I was also motivated by the opportunity to work as a trainer. That was indeed part of the job description when I applied for my current post. Sharing my knowledge with my Chinese colleagues who do not speak French has been quite an enriching experience for me.

我在法国做中文教师工作已经有15年了,时间久了,很想在教学上有一些新的突破,比如通过教学对象的变化等等。在马来西亚,中文是当地华人使用的语言,所以我的学生日常生活中能够接触到中文,有相对好的语言环境,这样我就可以在教学中利用这个优势,结合他们的生活经历把教学活动搞得更加生动。

另外一个吸引我的方面就是我在这里能有机会锻炼自己做培训工作的能力。校方委托我先后给几个当地聘请的华人同事做一些培训和辅导工作,在同他们的交流和分享过程中,我也收获颇丰,所以非常庆幸能有这样的工作体验。

  • What do you like about your job?

您认为教师这个职业最让您喜欢的是哪个方面?

Human contact and feeling satisfied when the job’s been properly done.

Students’ progresses and excellent results at the exams are true rewards for us teachers.

教师这个职业最让我欣慰的就是与人的交流和能有机会为自己付出的努力而感到自豪。

学生点点滴滴的进步或者他们在不同的考试中取得的好成绩都会让我们这些园丁非常有成就感

  • Is there a personal story you feel like sharing about LFKL? Could you tell us of a project you’ve been involved in?

您有没有什么发生在LFKL的小花絮或者趣闻可以同我们分享一下呢?

I think the dinner we share once a year at a Chinese restaurant with 11th and 12th graders will be fondly remembered by all of us.

Once every year, shortly before Chinese New year, we go to one of the restaurants held in Kuala Lumpur by « mainland Chinese », whose cooking style sensibly differs from that of Malaysian Chinese. Students make a coverage-style interview of the staff. They get hands-on in preparing a typical dish and, of course, in the end, sit to enjoy the fruit of their efforts.

I have the fondest memories of these exchange moments between students and cooks, in a sometimes approximate Chinese, not to mention laughing out loud at the sight of deformed ravioli not looking even remotely like the ones provided as models by the Chef …

有很多,我就说说每年带高一和高二的学生去中餐馆体验的经历吧!

每年春节前后,我们都会给学生组织一些文化活动。比如带他们去大陆人在吉隆坡开的饭店,这和当地的中餐往往差别较大,所以对这些吃惯了大马中餐的学生来讲,还是会有耳目一新的感觉。他们首先要采访一下饭店的工作人员,他们的汉语口音也和当地华人不一样,然后亲自动手学做一道地道的菜,最后当然少不了上桌品尝了。

我脑海里留下了不少美好的回忆,比如他们和厨师们用不太娴熟的汉语总归还是达到了交流的目的,还有他们做的 « 四不像 »的饺子有时会把厨师们笑的前仰后合。

  • What are the LFKL’s strengths?

您觉得LFKL和其他学校相比有什么优点和特色呢?

LFKL is a human scale teaching institution, not a « factory » where it would be impossible to get to know everybody. Neither does it feel like inside of a too small family, the possibilities of which you soon exhaust, leaving you utterly bored, with nobody to befriend.

Solidarity is quite strong here, all teams are closely knit, be they made up of young people or people who are not that young anymore. Nobody’s left aside; it makes it easier for new comers to find their place, and accounts for a pleasant working and learning atmosphere.

LFKL是一所既不太大也不太小的学校,它不像有些学校太大人太多,永远都没有机会认识所有的人,也不像那些太小的学校,社交圈子就那么狭窄,彼此都熟悉,如果没有交到什么好朋友,也没有太多机会接触其他人。

另外这所学校最大的优点就是有一种团结精神,大家互相帮助,不会让谁掉队,所以新来的人很快就会融入到这个集体里面,这种团队精神有助于把我们的学习和工作搞得更好。

  • How would you define the LFKL students?

您怎么形容LFKL的学生呢?您对他们有什么期望?

On the whole, they are quite nice and cooperative. Most often, they are enthusiastic and full of good initiatives. Since kids and grow ups here trust each other, it seems to me students work cheerfully without too much stress, even during exams, which helps them perform better…

What do I expect? May they remain as they are, enthusiastic and cheerful; it’s such a pleasure to see their proud smiles once they’ve managed to deliver a good performance!

这里的学生大都非常友善和合作。他们做事情非常有热情,有主动和创新的精神。因为整体来说学生和包括教职员工来说所有的成人彼此信任,关系非常融洽,学生学习起来都是在一种心境比较放松和平和的状态下,就是毕业班也没有太多大敌当前的压力,这样可以让他们的学习效率更高。

至于我对他们的期望嘛,就是一如既往,保持他们的热情和这种好的心态 ! 每次看到他们因为成功完成了一项学习任务而自豪的微笑,那就是让我最愉悦的事情!