“ Mandarin teaching is in demand”, 2019
Mandarin lesson is now part of the curriculum for all the pupil from year 3-6 at Conway Primary School,
It is not even an optional second language class.
When I first stepped in the school, I was actually shocked, differentiate from the private Catholic school
in West London which I taught before. Conway is just an ordinary public school for the local community located in East London.
None of the pupils seems interesting in Mandarin, it is very far away from their daily, even far away from Europe.
The current society decide close to China will be the solution of post-Brexit, this is the only reason why all of them "need" to lean it.
They often asked me, am I from China? I reply: not only people from China speak Mandarin.
I tried my best to keep the lesson fun and energetic, I want them to enjoy the lesson, but deep down I don’t want them to like the Mandarin language itself, I am being wary, cause I worry about I am luring those kids growing up and wanting to travel to China one day.
But by then, no one ever gets chance to explain to them that they need to be careful,
cause they might get arrest just because of their religion, sexuality, or something that they post on social media that offended the authority.
What is the future going to be like for them? 5 years, 10 years? Am I doing the right thing for them?
All the works here are dedicated to pupils at Dunraven, Corpus Christi, St. Thomas, Conway Primary School and Stepping Stones, One world Nursery.
All of the students whom I have ever taught over the past two years. Whom is currently too young to be told these information. Whom I felt deep guilt.
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