华侨回家乡 乡村通英语(上)

时间:2012-09-13 09:33:45   来源:网络孔子学院   编辑:李少蕊

这里是网络孔子学院慢读新闻节目,来关注一条教育新闻。在广东大埔县的一个偏僻小山村,有一群特别的孩子。他们衣着朴实,却能用纯正的英语熟练地和老外交谈。这不可思议的情景,得益于村中的一位归国华侨。他,名叫廖乐年。

(一)新闻:华侨回家乡 乡村通英语(上)

在广东有个“英语村”,村里的四岁小孩也能够流利地应对来访客人的英语问候,这要归功于马来西亚华侨廖乐年的努力。当廖乐年10年前出现在这个小山村,并宣布免费教村里的小孩子说英语时,村民都觉得他疯了。

其实廖乐年并不算长教村的“外乡人”。他虽然出生在马来西亚,但长教村是他的老家(hometown)。他在马来西亚是名英语老师和中学校长,退休后决定回来帮助这个村子。

廖乐年在长教村的英语义教(teach for free)工作开始得并不顺利。但是廖乐年并没有泄气,为了和村民们更好的沟通,廖乐年努力学习客家话(Hakka)。下课后,他骑自行车赶去给他两个一对一教学的学生上课。一个住在长教村里,而另一个则住在7公里外的大埔县城。

廖卢洪今年21岁,是一名大学生,他也是廖乐年最开始教的两个家教学生之一。四年级的暑假,廖卢洪的爷爷请廖乐年来教小卢洪英语。当时,卢洪连ABC都说不流利。事实证明“疯”老师的英语教学方法很有效。廖卢洪五年级的时候英语成绩就一跃排在班里前列。两年前,廖卢洪凭借英语的高分,考上了大学。

Now I know my A-B-C

There is a rural village in Guangdong where even a 4-year-old can fluently respond to an English greeting, it's all thanks to the efforts of a retired Chinese-Malaysian.

When David Liao turned up in Changjiao village 10 years ago and announced that he would teach the children how to speak English for free, the villagers in this tiny hamlet in Meizhou, Guangdong province all thought he was just a "mad foreigner".

"I was born in Malaysia but Changjiao village is my ancestral home. I decided to come back to help the village after I retired as an English teacher and a high school principal in Malaysia," he explains.

It was not easy-going, and Liao found his intentions questioned.Instead of getting discouraged, Liao decided to work at it, studying the local Hakka dialect so he could communicate better.

After classes, he would ride to tutor two private students, one-on-one. He had one student in the village and the other in Dabu county about 7 km away.

Liao Luhong was one of Liao's first private students. The 21-year-old college student was in his fourth year of primary school when his grandfather invited David Liao to be his English tutor, during the summer holidays. The little boy could not even recite his alphabet then.

The mad foreigner's tuition proved to be very effective. In his fifth year, Liao Luhong came out top of his English class and two years ago, he was admitted to college, helped by his high scores in English.