A little more detail on the Dada school…it seems to be a mix of afterschool care and English classes. The first and second graders are done with school most days at 12:30 and 3 or so of them come then and work on homework. Many more students trickle in at 3:30.
There is a mix of taking some to the park to play, homework and activities (I’ve done some English songs with motions). English classes start at 4 and run til dinner at 6, then from 7 til 9 or 9:30 (different classes run different days). Since we’ve been here, there have also been 2 American volunteers and a Japanese volunteer. One American, who got here a few days before us, taught English in South Korea for a year before coming here to work on his Chinese and help with teaching.
Each day, Ching lets different people know where their help is needed…taking to the park, helping with dinner, presenting part of a class or helping with specific homework.
The curriculum is of Ching’s choice and relies heavily on learning to speak and actually interact. In their regular school, they begin learning English in 4th grade weekly and there is little emphasis on speaking. It has been interesting to speak with the American re: his observations of their English; he says that the kids at Dada speak English so much better than their counterparts in Korea and their counterparts in Taiwan as well.