… Is Like A Box of Chocolates

I let my students ask me questions in class today.  I told them they could ask a question about me, about America, the English Language or Anything Else.

Never, ever, under any circumstance leave the door that wide open for students to ask questions.  I got everything from the typical, to the funny, a couple that were super personal, bizarre, etc.

Here are just a few of the questions I was asked:

  • Why did you come to China?  Do you speak Chinese?  Would you like a Chinese tutor?
  • Do you like Chinese food?
  • How do I improve my English?  (Practice it, of course)
  • It seems you are very strict with your students. (no, that one wasn’t even a question, right?)
  • What is your attitude towards life?  Do you think it is important to have a lot of goals?
  • I am confused, why do Americans fall in love with each other at a flying speed?
  • What are some faults that you can not tolerate?  What is forbidden to do in your class?
  • Is the air in China worse than in America?  (Um, yes.)
  • How do American students act in Class?
  • What is the American dream exactly?  Has it been a achieved yet? (I think this Guy should change his major to philosophy).
  • How do Americans make sense out of Japanese people when they are speaking English?  (I laughed out loud at this one.)
  • How do I find an American Girlfriend?  (meet Americans, of course).  
  • Where in the classroom do you look when you are talking to us?
  • If I go to America to study, what daily objects should I pack in my suitcase?
  • What is the difference between Real life in America vs. what we see in the movies?  (wow, big can of worms there.)


Anyhow long story, short – If you let them ask the questions, you never know what you are going to get.


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