Our goal in the classroom at York English is to make our students feel good about themselves and about learning. One aspect of teaching in China that can be hard to understand, is how such a large part of the Chinese education system and the classroom environment is based on points, scores and numbers. From a very young age, students are trained to strive for full marks in everything they do and often feel terrible when they don’t achieve it.
York English is fortunate in being independent of this approach. We believe that in some cases we might be the most positive educational environment that students encounter. This comes through our teachers’ encouragement and enthusiasm. We place great emphasis on learner-centred teaching; teaching that makes the learners’ needs and experiences central to the educational process. And it’s these needs and experiences that drive our lessons.
Our Content & Curriculum Developer Tom chats to us below about what makes up our teaching philosophy!