华侨回家乡 乡村通英语(下)

时间:2012-09-13 09:37:16   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,在上期节目中,我们认识了用“师心”温暖“故里”的马来西亚归国华侨廖乐年,10年来,廖乐年坚持在长教村进行义教活动,教过的学生超过5000人,使得贫穷的小山村有20多人进入高等学府,斐然成绩背后是他的坚持与无言的付出。

(一)新闻:华侨回家乡 乡村通英语(下)

廖乐年的教学才能(skill)迅速传播开来,有口皆碑,附近村子、县城里的人都听说了有这么一位拥有将近45年英语教学经验的老华侨在长教村免费教英语,于是很多家长希望能把孩子送进廖乐年的英语周末班和假期班(holiday class)。在他们看来,廖乐年的英语课能带给孩子更好的未来。

随着报名的学生越来越多,廖乐年将他爷爷年久失修(dilapidated)的祖屋宗祠(ancestral hall),改造成能容纳200名学生的英语学习中心。修整后的祠堂地方还是有限,放不下书桌,学生们都是坐在塑料凳子上听课。廖乐年买了投影仪(projector)和音响设备,好让坐在角落里的学生也能听清他的讲课、看清他的教学材料。祠堂两边各有一排书柜,里面放满了英语原版书(original English edition book)。祠堂两边的房间被改造成宿舍,可以留宿住得远的学生和在寒暑假期来帮忙的志愿者。

自从廖乐年来了以后,几乎没出过大学生的长教村里出了20多个大学生。对于那些家庭条件困难,交不起大学学费的孩子,廖乐年每人每年还资助他们3000元到10000元不等。如今,长教村已经成为全国闻名的“英语村”,廖乐年也成为了学生们心中最伟大的人。

Now I know my A-B-C

David Liao's teaching skills have quickly spread by word of mouth, and more and more people from the surrounding country and viliages heard of this experienced teacher with nearly 45 years of English teaching under his belt.

There are now many parents eager to send their children to his classes during weekends and school holidays. In their eyes, Liao's classes offer their children a chance at a better future.

Liao has had to expand his physical classroom, turning a dilapidated ancestral hall built by his grandfather into an English tuition center that can accommodate about 200 students. But, there is hardly room for proper desks, and students have to perch on plastic stools.

A projector and a set of acoustic equipment ensure students can hear and see the teaching materials Liao uses. Bookcases line the hall, and are filled with original English editions.

Rooms in the wings have been turned into dormitories for students living far away and the dozens of volunteers who help with summer and winter courses.

Since Liao started teaching English in Changjiao, more than 20 young people from the village have gained admission to college. Before that, there were very few. Liao also sponsored those college students who had difficulty paying tuition, and the subsidies ranged from 3,000 yuan ($472) to 10,000 yuan per year per student.

Changjiao village is now known as the "English" village,Liao has become the greatest man in students' mind.