Fodil Selmouni – Tourism College of Zhejiang

Fodil Selmouni, he is teaching at Tourism College of Zhejiang from 2016 and is still at the college now in 2024. (Here is an interview with Fodil back in 2018)

Before I start, I would like to go back to the year of September 2016 which is the time I made my debut as a Foreign English Teacher in this School. At that time, I have received a warm and kind welcome from our College leaders, nothing comparable to what I have seen before. We often use the term “Culture Shock” as an excuse to differentiate one individual from another. But, in my opinion, apart from the language we speak,I did not automatically notice outstanding gaps between the Chinese living standards and the ones I have been taught in Canada.


First of all, throughout my experience in this school, I have got to see the outstanding beauty of our College coming along with the four seasons “Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer”. In my years of being a student and teacher, this might be the first time I see a Campus that never lose its charm and attractiveness. For that reason, I would like to thank our incredible team of hard-working men and women, who devote their entirecareer and serve as Gardener, Architect and Construction worker to give us the benefit of walking around this splendid environment.


Also, I would like to thank indeed our Dear school leaders from top to bottom. Although I may not see them often, I havesuch a tremendous admiration for people who work behind the scenes in order tobring a new aspect – partnership – layer to our school.


We have recently celebrated the 34th Anniversary of the School and after 34 years in the making I have to say that the College is becoming more and more beautiful as we move along. In the meantime, we have also celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the Foreign Languages Department which I have a particular affection for since it brings every cultures, languages on a same pedestal.我们刚刚庆祝旅院34周岁的生日,同时,我们也刚刚庆祝了外语系的15周年,我对外语系有着深厚的情感,因为在外语系,每一种文化和语言都融合于一体。

Last but not least, I would like to dedicatethis Speech to each and every student on Campus. As a matter of fact, without them, none of us would be here today and therefore it is our duty to inspire them in the best way possible. We all have been students at different times in history and that’s why we all understand how important essential it is to have a teacher next to you ready to achieve great things for you in school.


As Teachers ourselves, it is critical to remember to enjoy students and everything they have to offer. Sometimes it can be a struggle, but if something goes wrong, remember that there is always a way to fix the problem. No matter what happens, we all need to keep in mind that there the power to make change will be there.


As teachers, it is essential to push them toreach their full potential. I, of course, include myself into that discussion and it is our duty to see that all students are being motivated since they definitely deserve our time and our full attention in regards to their education.


Throughout these past two years, I have also fallen in love with the Chinese Language. Being a teacher in this school also means taking into consideration the environment in which I live. On top of that, I strongly believe that in the next few years Chinese as a language will not be an option anymore and is going to become indispensable around the world.


Finally, from my educational experiences, I know how valuable teacher encouragement and motivation is for our students. In the future, I intend to cooperate with each and every other teacher in my field to just do that.


Besides, As an English teacher, I have to carry the values principles of the Tourism College of Zhejiang wherever I go.The interactions that I had with each and every one of you reminds me of the ones that I often have back home in Canada.I view the Tourism College of Zhejiang as a second home indeed and my attachment to it will remain unbroken for the years to come.


I have no doubt in my mind that my devotionand loyalty to our School will remain intact for the years to come and as we are about to close the year 2017, I have high hopes for the year 2018. Our contribution to the school will always be remembered. Besides, on top of beinga role-model for our students, it also my duty to promote our Public Institution overseas. In fact, each and every time I go back home for the Holidays, I tend to speak to my family about all the things I have been able to achieve for the School.


As a matter of fact, I cherish each and every opportunities to be grateful and thankful for being a part of such an Extraordinary and Phenomenal Institution.


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