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Matthew – South China Business College

Matthew (ISAC Fall 19 Intake) is an English teacher at South China Business College of GDUFS. He has been teaching at the college since Nov. 2019.

Hi, my name’s Matt and I’m a foreign language teacher. In 2018, I taught English in a high school in Nanjing, helping students to improve their speaking and listening abilities. Travelling all the way from my home in the UK to the other side of the world was a scary prospect, but I enjoyed my first year in China, so I decided to come back for a second year. Now I will teach English at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, and I am looking forward to starting.

I was born and raised in Liverpool and earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Liverpool in 2016 with Honours in History. After that, I worked as a support assistant at the same university in its English language school, where I had the chance to meet lots of wonderful international students, many of whom were from China. This made me think strongly about the possibility of teaching English as a foreign language myself. I then spent a year in the beautiful town of St Andrews in Scotland to study for my master’s degree, also in History. As soon as I finished my masters, I was on the plane to China.

It’s been three months since I was last in China. Since then, I have volunteered in Malaysia at a hotel resort where I also helped the local staff there to speak some English, because they didn’t know a single word! I have also been back to the UK to spend some time with my family and friends before going back to China. I tried to learn a little Chinese last year, but unfortunately I’m not very good at it. Hopefully I can learn a little more this year, so feel free to help me!

大家好,我是Matt,是一位外教。2018年我在南京的一所高中教英语,帮助学生提高口语和听力能力。千里迢迢离开英国来到世界的另一端是还是让人有点紧张的,但是我很享受留在中国的那一年时光,所以我决定回到这里。我将要在广外南国教书,我也很期待在这里开始我的教学生涯。

我在利物浦长大,2016年我在利物浦大学毕业,获得历史学士学位。在那之后,我留在学校的英语语言学院当助教,在那我认识了许多有趣的留学生,其中有些是来自中国。这使我开始考虑教一门外语的可能性。接下来我用了一年时间在苏格兰的圣安德鲁斯读完我的历史研究生课程。在我一读完研究生,我就坐上了来中国的飞机。

离我上一次在中国,已经过去三个月了。在那之后我到马来西亚的一个度假酒店当志愿者,在那我也教一些当地员工讲英语,因为他们一个英语单词都不会。在我回到中国之前,我有回到英国陪我的家人和朋友。去年我有尝试写中文,但是我还是学得不太好。希望今年我能学到更多中文,所以希望你们也能教我一些。

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