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在泰国的难忘经历

中韩对照版 2011年第4期 程谟灏 ( 泰国吉拉达孔子课堂汉语教师志愿者) 2016-06-13

我生日,拎着一盒蛋糕走进教室。

这帮5、6 岁的小孩儿,躲在窗帘后面的,藏在桌子底下的,趴在讲台边上的,都觉得自己藏得很严实,却不知道那一双双前前后后的小脚丫,一张张起起伏伏的小肚皮, 早就暴露了自己。我装作没看见。

“大家去哪儿了啊?老师来了,学生不见了!”有几个人憋不住了,嘻嘻地笑起来;有人在数数“一、二、三……”38 个小脑袋齐刷刷地露了出来,我的眼前,一片阳光灿烂。一边唱着生日歌,一边把他们自己做的贺卡送到我的手里, 孩子们在笑,我也在笑。小胖子岩金俊上来就把我抱住了, 差点儿没把我扑倒;小兔牙娄恩诗又把我的手当成萝卜来摇了……

工作第二年,我选择继续留在泰国做汉语教学,一半以上的原因,还是因为这些孩子。

不打不相识

回泰国工作前,我在北京买了一双布鞋,学校周五统一穿民族服装,不管是泰装还是唐装,搭着布鞋穿,都说得过去,当然,最主要的还是穿着比皮鞋舒服。

在智民学校工作第二年,学校给我换了班级,结果又是一个全校出名的班级。去年三年级各班的“风云人物”, 都集中到了这个班。正当我每天琢磨着有啥 “妙招” 的时候,突然发现一堆男生对我的老北京布鞋很感兴趣。

“程老师,你的鞋很酷!”

“老师,你的鞋在哪儿买的?”

“老师,这是练功夫穿的鞋,对吗?”

然后突然一堆孩子围着我,摆出李连杰的经典造型。打就打!我也做好了“迎战”的姿势,接着,一堆人冲了上来。他们是商量好的,有抱胳膊的,有抱腿的,还有往后背上跳的。可惜总归是孩子,光挠他们的痒痒,就可以三下五除二地解决了。

班级男生多,调皮的也以男生为主,这“功夫”打着打着就打出了感情,师生间的距离一下子拉近了,上课的时候,交流起来也更容易了。

鱼的故事

一天上课,我给两个班的孩子都讲了一个 “吃鱼”的故事,最后,提出了一个问题,如果你想吃鱼的话,你希望老师给你一条鱼呢,还是教你怎么去捕鱼?

有的孩子答,跟老师学捉鱼。

有的孩子说,老师,我不喜欢吃鱼。

有的孩子问,老师,为什么给我们说这个啊?

当老师,真是个功夫活,不但得教好书,还得当个好演员。我随口一说:“啊,老师明年要回中国了,老师教你们的这些是不够的,老师想教会你们怎么学中文,等到老师不教你们了,你们自己也知道该怎样学习。在中国有一句古话叫:授之以鱼不如授之以渔。说的就是这个道理……”

“老师,你回中国干什么啊?”

“啊……老师要回中国结婚么?”

有几个小女生,眼圈开始红了。

从此,他们知道程老师明年就不教他们了,也知道老师要教他们怎样学中文,还知道为什么要这样教他们了。终于,有越来越多的人找到了学习中文的方法。

善良淳朴的泰国人不喜欢撒谎,等到明年再跟孩子们解释吧,这是程老师一个善意的谎言。

……

在泰国工作的第二年,生活方面已经完全适应了,教学方面也越来越顺手,工作的重心慢慢转移到如何更好地与学生沟通,如何在学生心中播撒汉语学习的火种。中国有句话:不养儿,不知父母恩. 25 岁的我,单身漂泊在异国他乡,在这个三尺讲台上,面对着一群孩子,也慢慢体会到作为长辈,对后辈美好未来的殷切希望,我已经慢慢把这些学生当成自己的孩子,这些使我明白了如何做一个好爸爸,好儿子,更重要的是如何做一个好老师。

AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE IN THAILAND

Chinese-English No.4 2011 Cheng Mohao2016-06-23

It was my birthday. I went into the classroom with a birthday cake.

The children, 5 and 6 years old, hid themselves behind curtains, under desks or beside the platform, be­lieving they were well under cover. But their feet, bellies gave them away. I just pretended I hadn’t seen them.

“Anyone here? The teacher has come but the students disappeared.” Some of them couldn’t help laughing and I heard someone counting “one, two, three …” and then 38 students jumped up. Singing the birthday song, they put their self-made birthday cards in my hands. The children were smil­ing and I was smiling. A student sud­denly held me with his arms, which al­most took me down. Another student came to me and shook my hands…

In the second year of my teaching career, I chose to stay and teach Chi­nese in Thailand. The main reason is because of these children.

NO DISCORD, NO CONCORD

I bought a pair of fabric shoes in Beijing before I went back to work in Thailand. The school has a rule that everyone should wear national costumes on Friday, no matter Thai or Chinese costumes. A pair of fabric shoes goes well with either type and more importantly, it is more comfort­able to wear fabric shoes.

In the second year, the school as­signed me to teach another class, a “re­nowned” class in the school. “Students of the year” were all sent to this class. While I was thinking about how to deal with them, I found that the boys developed an interest in my Beijing fabric shoes.

“Mr. Cheng, your shoes are so cool!”

“Where did you get those shoes?”

“Sir, these are Kungfu shoes, right?”

Then these children gathered around me and posed as Chinese Kungfu masters. In response, I posed to face a challenge. They suddenly came up to me. Obviously they had planned it. Some of them held my arms and some held my legs while some others held my back from behind. They were after all children. Mere muscle flexing was enough to finish them off.

There were more boys than girls in the class and the naughtiest students were the boys. Gradually we developed friendship through “fighting.” Our relationship became close and it was easier to communicate with them.

STORY ABOUT FISH

One day, I told a story about “eat­ing fish” to the students of two classes. At the end of the class, I asked them if they preferred to learn how to catch a fish or be given a fish.

Some of them said they would like to learn how to catch a fish.

Some said they didn’t like fish.

Some asked me why I told them such a story.

It really takes great skills to be a good teacher: you are not only sup­posed to teach well but also act well. I answered, rather casually, “I am going back to China next year. What I have taught you is not enough. I want to teach you how to learn Chinese, so that you can teach yourselves when there is no teacher. There is an old Chinese saying ‘Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime’.”

“Sir, why are you going back to China?”

“Sir, are you going back to get mar­ried?”

There were some girls about to cry.

Then they knew that I was not go­ing to teach them the next year and understood why I tried to teach them how to learn Chinese themselves. At last, more students found a better ap­proach to learn Chinese.

The honest Thai people hate lying. I’d rather wait till next year to explain to them. This was just a little white lie of their teacher.

In the second year, I have be­come completely used to the life in Thailand and the work goes more smoothly. I shifted the focus of my work to better communication with the students and better promotion of Chinese language. At age of 25, I live alone overseas. Standing on this nar­row platform facing these children, I developed ardent good wishes for the younger generation and regard the students as my own children. They help me realize how to be a good father, a good son and, most impor­tantly, a good teacher.

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