Mission Work in China
A recent mission trip to China allowed me to practice both my facilitation and development skills. I was able to work with university students learning ESL. These students already had several years of English lessons, but what they craved was lessons from an American with real conversations about culture, day to day activities, and practice.
We sang songs, wrote stories, and practiced what informal conversations might be like with friends at a restaurant or social outing. I told them stories of what my day to day life was like and I also worked with them in an immersion language coffee shop.
The second part of my “job” while in China was reading and recording many many hours of conversations, narratives, and stories so that the students could listen and learn American pronunciations, conversation tempo, and cadence.
It was a wonderful experience and an area I never believed I would be an “expert” in.